Peter Scheemakers (Sculptor) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Peter Scheemakers or Pieter Scheemaeckers II or the Younger was a Flemish sculptor who worked for most of his life in London. His public and church sculptures in a classicist style had an important influence on the development of modern sculpture in England. Scheemakers is perhaps best known for executing the William Kent-designed memorial to William Shakespeare which was erected in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey in 1740 as well as that to John Dryden in the same church.

Born: 1691, Antwerp
Died: Sept 12, 1781, Antwerp
Nationality: Flemish
Known for: Sculpture
Notable work: Tomb monuments and garden statuary

About Peter Scheemakers

Flemish Roman Catholic sculptor who worked for most of his career in London. He worked on many Church monuments around England.

Before Fame

He traveled to Rome where he studied classical and baroque styles of sculpture.


He created several church monuments which can be found around England.

Family Life

His brother Henry Scheemakers was also a sculptor.


He is best known for his sculpture of William Shakespeare which was erected in Westminster, Abbey.

Information related to Peter Scheemakers

  • Shugborough inscription – The Shugborough Inscription is a sequence of letters – O U O S V A V V, between the letters D M – carved on the 18th-century Shepherd’s Monument in the grounds of Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire, England, below a mirror image of Nicolas Poussin’s painting, the Shepherds of Arcadia.
  • Portraits of William Shakespeare
  • Belgian expatriates in the United Kingdom
  • Flemish Baroque sculptors
  • Belgian expatriates in Italy
  • Flemish artists (before 1830)
  • Belgian Roman Catholics
  • British sculptors
  • British male sculptors

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