naked to be exposed to the inflammable eyes of that devout generation. 1
lived near Smithfield, was a surveyor and carver to the king, as he is called in a book belonging to the board of works in 1631. In 1637 he is mentioned for carving the frames of the pictures in the cross-gallery at Somerset-house at two shillings and twopence per foot. He carved some things too at Wilton. 2 Mr. Davis, of the Tennis-court at Whitehall, had a good portrait of Taylor, with a compass and square in his hands.
was another carver of that time. Lord Oxford had a large head in relievo on tortoiseshell of Frederic Henry, Prince of Orange; and these words, Joh. Osborn, Angl. Amstelod. fecit, 1626.
was a celebrated engraver of seals, and lived at the same time with Thomas and Abraham Simon, the medallists. He was a rival of the former, who used puncheons for his____________________
"Item for Three Patternes two of Venus and one of Bacchus (alle of Waxe) each for 3li faict 9li.
"All which pieces have been delivered by
"Your Maties most humble obedient and unworthy Praxiteles,
According to Sanval, Anne of Austria, during the minority of her son, Louis XIV., from extraordinary devotion, caused statues and fresco paintings, by Leonardo da Vinci, Nicholas le Roux, &c. to be taken from the palaces of Château de Madrid and Luxembourg, where they had been placed by Francis I. and valued at 100,000 crowns, not merely to be reformed, but utterly annihilated. Her zeal was even more exemplary than that of the Pope above mentioned.—D.
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Publication information: Book title: Anecdotes of Painting in England: With Some Account of the Principal Artists. Volume: 2. Contributors: Horace Walpole - Author. Publisher: Swan Sonnenschein. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1888. Page number: 46.
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