Biography of Nicholas Johnson Sculptor -1624

After 21 Feb 1581. Church of St Peter and St Paul Exton. Monument to Robert Keilway 1497-1581. Elizabethan Period. This memorial is attributed by Pevsner to Nicholas Johnson and by others to Nicholas Stone 1587-1647. Made of various marbles, a large standing wall monument of 1580, richly decorated and with a recumbant and kneeling figures of the whole family, in an aedicule, capped by obelisk, arms, etc.

The inscription reads "Here lies Robert Keylway a distinguished esquire among civilians (whilst he lived), renowned for talent, learning and virtue, who loved retirement, lived as a Christian and died in the Lord on the 21st of February 1581 in the year of our Salvation, 1580, and the 84th year of his age. He left Anne (27) his sole heiress and only dearly loved daughter married to John Harrington of Exton, Knt (41), whom he had always affectionately loved as a son and friend, by which Anne (27) the said John (41) had during the life of the aforesaid Robert (84) two children, a son, Kelwey, who died Dec. 2nd, 1570, 21 weeks old, and lies buried here with his grandfather, and also a daughter Lucy (1) still surviving, and may God grant her a long life. To pay, therefore, a just tribute to so dear and affectionate a parent and to leave to posterity an evidence of their deep gratitude, the said John (41) and Anne (27) have raised this. Monument and dedicated to their father, Keylwey, and their son Keylwey (to their lasting memory if it so please God) and design it, if God will, as a sepulchre for themselves also".

Around 1590 Unknown Painter. Portrait of John Harington 1st Baron Harington 1540-1613. Around 1606 John Critz 1551-1642. Portrait of Lucy Harrington Countess Bedford 1580-1627. Around 1615 William Larkin Painter 1582-1619. Portrait of Lucy Harrington Countess Bedford 1580-1627. Before 07 Dec 1680 Peter Lely Painter 1618-1680. Portrait of Lucy Harrington Countess Bedford 1580-1627. 1612. Studio of Isaac Oliver Painter 1565-1617. Miniature Portrait of (probably) Lucy Harrington Countess Bedford 1580-1627. Oliver painted the woman's pearl earrings using Nicholas Hilliard's jewelling technique, which involved laying a raised blob of white lead paint with some shadowing to one side. This form was then crowned with a rounded touch of real silver that was burnished with, to quote Hilliard,

On 24 Jan 1592 James Harrington 1511-1592 (81) died. He was buried in the Church of St Peter and St Paul Exton. Monument to James Harrington 1511-1592 (81) and Lucy Sidney 1520-1591 (72). A large standing Elizabethan Period monument with 2 kneeling figures at a prie-dieu in a double aedicule. Wrought in various marbles and enriched with low-relief carving, strapwork etc. surmounted by obelisk, and arms. Stylistically similar to the monument to Robert Keilway. Possibly sculpted by Nicholas Johnson Sculptor -1624 or Nicholas Stone 1587-1647 (5).

Before 30 Jul 1611 [his father] Gerard Johnson The Elder Sculptor 1550-1611 died. He was buried at Southwark Cathedral on 30 Jul 1611.

After 26 Jun 1612. Elizabethan Period monument to Roger Manners 5th Earl Rutland 1576-1612 and Elizabeth Sidney Countess Rutland 1585-1612 at St Mary the Virgin Church Bottesford sculpted by Nicholas Johnson Sculptor -1624. Cost £150 including carriage by sea from London to Boston.

In 1624 Nicholas Johnson Sculptor -1624 died. He was buried at Southwark Cathedral.

Nicholas Johnson Sculptor -1624 was born to [his father] Gerard Johnson The Elder Sculptor 1550-1611.