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Pierre van Dievoet, or Dievot (1661–1721)

Sculptor originating in Brussels. He worked in England as an assistant to Grinling Gibbons and, with Laurens van der Meulen, ‘modelled and made’ Gibbons’s statue of James II, Trafalgar Square, and probably cast his Charles II, Royal Hospital Chelsea (both c.1685/86). According to George Vertue, Dieveot ‘left England in the troubles of the Revolution’ (1688–89). He returned to Brussels, where in 1695 he was master of the Quatre-Couronnés, the guild of stonemasons and sculptors, and enjoyed a successful career as a sculptor.

Bibliography: T. Cavanagh, Public Sculpture of Kensington and Chelsea with Westminster South-West, Watford, 2023, pp. 84, 86; G. Vertue, Vol. IV, Walpole Society, no. xxiv, 1935/36, p. 50; P. Ward-Jackson, Public Sculpture of Historic Westminster. Volume 1, Liverpool, 2011, pp. 291–93; Wikipedia.

Terry Cavanagh November 2022