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John Nost II (d. 1729)

Bust of a Moor  c.1700

Marble | RCIN 1396

King's Gallery, Kensington Palace

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  • A coloured marble bust of an enslaved man, his head turned and looking up to the left; wearing a turban with plumes, collar about his neck, a shirt with a jewelled collar and wrap tied about; resting on a waisted turned marble socle. Black servants were frequently found in noble and royal households from the late seventeenth century and this figure has traditionally been identified as a favourite personal servant of William III (r.1609-1702). The Moor’s feathered turban and jewelled band indicate high, perhaps royal status, but the collar unmistakably marks him as a slave. John Nost is best known for carved marble funerary monuments and decorative chimney pieces using exotic marbles.

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  • Medium & Techniques

    Marble

    marble

    Measurements

    98.5 cm (whole object)

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  • Alternative titles

    Bust of a man