Biography of Grinling Gibbons 1648-1721
On 29 Oct 1682 Baptist Noel 3rd Viscount Campden 1611-1682 (71) died. His son Edward Noel 1st Earl Gainsborough 1641-1689 (41) succeeded as 4th Viscount Campden. Elizabeth Wriothesley Countess Gainsborough 1646-1690 (36) by marriage Viscountess Campden.
He was buried at Church of St Peter and St Paul, Exton, Rutlandshire. His monument sculpted in 1685 by Grinling Gibbons 1648-1721 (34). Full-length statues of the viscount and his fourth wife in Roman dress are surrounded by various relief carvings of his 19 children.
John Evelyn's Diary 1684 Dec. 07 Dec 1684. I went to see the new church at St. James's, elegantly built ; the altar was especialy adorn'd, the white marble inclosure curiously and richly carved, the flowers and garlands about the walls by Mr. Gibbons (36) in wood; a pelican with her young at her breast, just over the altar in the carv'd compartment and border, invironing the purple velvet fring'd with I. H. S. richly embroider'd, and most noble plate, were given by Sr R. Geere, to the value (as was said) of £200. There was no altar any where in England, nor has there ben any abroad, more handsomely adorn'd.