Nathaniel Marchant (1739-1816) worked in London and Rome as a gem engraver. He was made ‘Sculptor of Gems’ to the Prince of Wales and then Chief Engraver to King George III in 1799. He later became Engraver to the Royal Mint and at the Stamp Office.
Marchant often dined at grand houses including at Stoke Park. In 1813 he spent much of the year bedridden at John Penn’s Stoke Park in the care of his own maid. In 1816 he died at Somerset Place, London, aged 77. John Penn buried him at St Giles’ church. He was also the principal executor of his will. Marchant asked to be buried in Stoke Poges Church, ‘privately but decently’ and left one hundred pounds for a marble bassorilievo…to be executed by John Flaxman RA with an inscription by him.