STONE, Nicholas the Elder
(b. 1586, Exeter, d. 1647, Exeter)

Monument to the Poet John Donne

St Paul's Cathedral, London

There was a decline of English sculpture after Mid-Gothic times. It is not until Nicholas Stone that something approaching real sculptural quality returns. His monument to the great poet John Donne in St Paul's Cathedral shows imagination and vivacity in handling of the overall composition.