English family of sculptors of Dutch origin. (1) Garat Johnson settled in England in 1566–7 and executed numerous sculptures. Of his children, two sons became sculptors, (2) Nicholas Johnson and Garat Johnson the younger (fl 1611–12), who supplied a marble basin (untraced) for a fountain at Hatfield House, Herts, but of whose work nothing else is known for certain. The monuments to John Combe (c. 1614) and William Shakespeare (c. 1616) at Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwicks, were attributed to him as early as 1653, but the source is not wholly reliable.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.