Biography of James "Athenian" Stuart Sculptor 1713-1788

In 1713 James "Athenian" Stuart was born in Creed Lane Ludgate Street Ludgate.

In Apr 1758 James "Athenian" Stuart (45) was elected Fellow of the Royal Society.

On 10 Jul 1759 Catherine Blount Freeman 1737-1759 (22) died of a malignant fever. She was buried at St Andrew's Church Wimpole. Armorial Yorke differencede with a crescent to indicate son of the current holder; her husband Charles Yorke 1722-1770 (36) with an inescutcheon of Freeman Arms quartered with unknown arms two lions passant guardant with a bordure engrailed.

Stylised sarcophagus in white veined marble, bearing a white inscription panel; above is an urn in brown marble against a grey background standing on a base of three steps around which are grouped three putti: two garlanding the urn while the third stands by in dejection with reversed torch; in front of the steps is a portrait medallion and at the base of the sarcophagus is an achievement of arms; signed 'JAMES STUART (46), INVT. PR. SCHEEMAKERS (68), SCULP. MDCCLXI'.

In 1756 Thomas Hudson Painter 1701-1779. Portrait of Charles Yorke 1722-1770.

After 06 Mar 1764. St Andrew's Church Wimpole. Monument to Philip Yorke 1st Earl Hardwicke 1690-1764 and Margaret Cocks Countess Hardwicke -1761.

Framed inscription panel in white marble surmounted by an enriched sarcophagus in brown veined marble against a grey obelisk to which is affixed an achievement of arms in oval frame; around the base are putti with wreaths and emblems of office; on each side, life-size figures, one of Athene; two medallions on the sarcophagus depict the Earl (73) and Countess; signed 'J. STUART (51), INVT P. SCHEEMAKERS, SCULPR (73).'

1763. William Hoare 1707-1792. Portrait of Philip Yorke 1st Earl Hardwicke 1690-1764 wearing the Robes of Lord Keeper of the Great Seal and holding the Great Seal. In 1756 Thomas Hudson Painter 1701-1779. Portrait of Philip Yorke 1st Earl Hardwicke 1690-1764. Before 1723 Godfrey Kneller 1646-1723. Portrait of Margaret Cocks Countess Hardwicke -1761.

On 02 Feb 1788 James "Athenian" Stuart (75) died.

St Mary's Church Preston on Stour. That on the left signed Richard Westmacott 1775-1856. That in the middle sculpted by Peter Scheemakers 1691-1781 and James "Athenian" Stuart.