Anecdotes of Painting in England: With Some Account of the Principal Artists - Vol. 2

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by theft, one may easily conceive why its apostle painted indecent altar-pieces.

Povey lived in this reign, and painted a head which was in the possession of Mr. Leneve, Norroy.

One Hamilton, an Englishman, is mentioned by Sandrart 1 as excelling in painting birds and grapes, and doing several things for the Elector of Brandenburgh.

Edward Bower drew the portrait of Mr. Pym; an equestrian figure of General Fairfax, and John, Lord Finch of Fordwich. The two last were engraved by Hollar.

Holderness drew the picture of an old woman with a skull, which was in the collection of Villiers, Duke of Buckingham.

T. Johnson made a draught of Canterbury in 1651, which hangs on the stairs of the library belonging to the cathedral. 2

Reurie is mentioned by Sanderson 3 as a painter in little, in 1658.


FRANCIS BARLOW,

(1626 4- 1702,)

was of more note than the preceding artists. He 5 was born in Lincolnshire, and placed with one Sheperd, a face painter ; but his taste lay to birds, fish, and animals, in which he made great figure, though his colouring was not equal to his designs ; consequently, which is not often the case, the prints from his works did him more honour than the works themselves, especially as he had the good fortune to have some of them engraved by Hollar and Faithorn. 6 There are six books of animals from the drawings of Barlow,

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Page 384.
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To this list of very obscure painters the Editor can make no addition, worthy insertion, from any research. None of them probably attained even to mediocrity; and were recorded by name only in Vertue's note-books.—D.
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In his Graphice.
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[This date is approximate only, but he must have been born certainly as early, as part of the illustrations to Benslow's Theophila, published in 1652, were designed by Barlow; Heineken, Dictionnaire des Artistes, &c. gives, without stating any authority, 1630 as the date of Barlow's birth ; he gives also a long list of prints by various engravers, after his works. Among these is an eagle flying away with a cat, drawn by Barlow from an incident of the kind which he witnessed in the High-lands of Scotland.—W.]
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See English School.
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The title to one of his books, in which some are etched by Hollar, is "Diversæ Avium species studiosissimè ad vitam delineatæ per Fran. Barlow ingeniosissimum Anglum pictorem. Guil. Faithorn excudit 1658."

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