had an apartment in Somerset-house. The copy, which is at St. James's, of the Cyclops by Luca Giordano, at Houghton, was the work of the latter. The father painted still-life, and died about the year 1700.
another instance of the union of poetry 1 and painting, and of a profession that seldom accords with either, was bred at the Inner Temple, but I believe neither made a figure nor stayed long there; yet among Vertue's MSS. J find an epigram written by Mr. Oldys on Flatman's three vocations, 2 as if he had shone in all; though, in truth, he distinguished himself only in miniature :
"Should Flatman for his client strain the laws,
The Painter gives some colour to the cause :
Should Critics censure what the Poet writ, 3
The Pleader quits him at the bar of wit."
Mr. Tooke, schoolmaster of the Charterhouse, had a head of his father by Flatman, which was so well painted, that Vertue took it for Cooper's; and Lord Oxford had another limning of a young knight of the Bath in a rich habit, dated 1661, and with the painter's initial letter F. which was so masterly, that Vertue pronounces Flatman equal to Hoskins, and next to Cooper. 4
Mrs. Hoadley, first wife of the late Bishop of Winchester, and a mistress of painting herself, had Flatman's own head by him. Another 5 was finished by Mrs. Beale, Dec. 1681, as appears by her husband's pocket-book, from which I shall hereafter give several other extracts. The same____________________
"Not that slow drudge in swift Pindaric strains,
Flatman, who Cowley imitates with pains,
And rides a jaded muse, whipt, with loose reins."
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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: 110.
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