(b c.1598; d London, 10 Dec. 1675). English mason and sculptor. He was one of the leading English tomb sculptors of his time, although ‘his work was uneven and his scope limited’ (Margaret Whinney, Sculpture in Britain: 1530–1830, 1964); the dignified monument to Elizabeth, Lady Culpeper, at Hollingbourne, Kent (1638), shows him at his best. At the Restoration in 1660 he was appointed master mason to Charles II, a post in which he was succeeded by his son Joshua (bapt. London, 24 June 1629; d London, 6 Apr. 1678), the only one of his fourteen children who survived him. Joshua was much employed on the rebuilding of the city of London after the Great Fire of 1666. He also carved the pedestal for Hubert Le Sueur's equestrian statue of Charles I at Charing Cross. His monuments are less accomplished than those of his father.
From The Oxford Dictionary of Art in Oxford Reference.