Lt. Col. John Ludlow, CB

Monument to Thomas Abbott, L.L.D..

William Pistell (1781-1845)

Marble

St. John's Church

Calcutta, India

Signed: William Pistell, New Road London.

William Pistell (1773/78-1845) was a marble cutter in the area around Fitzroy Square, London and in 1841 appears under the name of Pestell, clearly the same man as the district and the occupation are identical. He was associated with J. Flaxman and Sir R. Westmacott in the transport and exhibition of the Elgin marbles after they reached London in 1816. This seems to have been on the practical side, but he was also a maker of memorials, both simple tablets and more elaborate ones with figures.

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