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

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and that medley of familiar objects that strike the ignorant vulgar. In Streater's sale, mentioned above, were near thirty of Vanson's pieces, which sold well; among others, was the crown of England, and birds in water-colours. Vanson's patron was the Earl of Radnor, 1 who at his house in St. James's-square, had near eighteen or twenty of his works, over doors and chimneys, &c. ; there was one large piece, loaded with fruit, flowers, and dead game by him, and his own portrait in it, painted by Laguerre, with a hawk on his fist. The staircase of that house was painted by Laguerre, and the apartments were ornamented by the principal artists then living, as Edema, Wyck, Roestraten, Danckers, old Griffier, young Vandevelde and Sybrecht. The collection 2 was sold in 1724. Some of his pictures were eight or nine feet high, and in them he proposed to introduce all the medicinal plants in the physic garden at Chelsea, but grew tired of the undertaking before he had completed it. He lived chiefly in Long-acre, and lastly in St. Alban's-street, where be died in the year 1700, at past fifty years of age.


SAMUEL VAN HOOGSTRATEN,

(1627—1678,)

was another of those painters of still-life, a manner at that time in fashion. It was not known that he had been in England, till Vertue discovered it by a picture of his hand at a sale in Covent-garden, in 1730. The ground represented a walnut-tree board, with papers, pens, penknife and an English almanac of the year 1663, a gold medal, and the portrait of the author in a supposed ebony frame, long hair inclining to red, and his name, S. V. Hoogstraten. The circumstance of the English almanac makes it pro

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Charles Bodville Robartes, second Earl of Radnor, who succeeded his grandfather in 1684, and was Lord Warden of the Stanneries, and by King George i. made treasurer of the chambers. He died in 1723.
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In this sale were some capital pictures, as Rubens and his mistress (I suppose it should be his wife, and that it is the picture at Blenheim) sold for 130 guineas; the martyrdom of St. Laurence by Vandyck, 65 guineas ; a Satyr, with a Woman milking a Goat, by Jordan of Antwerp, 160 guineas; and the family-piece, which I have mentioned in the life of Vandyck, bought by Mr. Scawen, for 500l.

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