James Foster I (1651 - 1732) was the first of three generations of stone carvers who worked in Dorchester until about 1772. James was a contemporary of the 18th century carvers The Chrlestown Carver, Joseph Lamson and William Mumford. His son James II (1698 - 1763) and grandson James (1732 - 1771) also were stone carvers. A literature source indicates the Fosters were known for large round skulls. The following are examples of oversized skulls but there is no direct attribution to the Fosters.