OF THE LIME-TREE
… … And because of its Colour, and easy working, and that it is not subject to split, Architects make with it Models for their designed Buildings; and the Carvers in Wood, note only for small Figures, but Large Statues and intire Histories, in Bass, and high Relieve; witness ( besides several more) the Lapidation of St Stephen, wth the Structures and Elevations about it: The Tropphies, Festoons, Frutages, Encarpa, and other Sculptures in the Frontoons, Freezes, Capitals,Pedestals, and other Ornaments and Decorations ( of admirable Invention and Performance) to be seen about the Choir of St. Paul’s and other Churches; Royal Palaces, and Noble Houses in City and Countrey. All of them, the Works and Invention of our Lysippus, Mr Gibbons; comparable, and for ought appears, equal to any things of Antients; having had the Hounour (for so I account it) to be the first who Recommended this great Artist to his Majesty, Charles the II. I mention it on this occasion, with much satisfaction.
– John Evelyn: Silva (1706)
Common Name(s): Basswood, American Basswood, Lime, Linden