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

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Vertue mentions another painter of the same surname, whom he calls Michlaer Huysman of Mecklin, and says he lived at Antwerp ; that he studied the Italians, and painted landscapes in their manner, which he adorned with buildings and animals. He came to England, and brought two large landscapes, which he kept to show what he could do ; for these he had frames richly carved by Gibbons, and gave the latter two pictures in exchange. In a sale in 1743, Vertue saw three small landscapes and figures by him of great merit. On the revolution, he returned to Antwerp, and died there 1707, aged near seventy.


MICHAEL WRIGHT

was born in Scotland, but came to London at the age of sixteen or seventeen, and proved no bad portrait-painter. In 1672, he drew for Sir Robert Vyner a whole-length of Prince Rupert in armour with a large wig. On the back he wrote the prince's titles at length, and his own name thus, Jo. Michael Wright, Lond. pictor Regius pinxit 1672. The Earl of Oxford had a half-length by him of Sir Edward Turner, son of Sir Edward, Speaker of the House of Commons and Chief Baron. On that he called himself Jos. Michael Wright Anglus, 1672 ; but on the portraits of the judges in Guildhall, he wrote Scotus. Sir Peter Lely was to have drawn these pictures, but refusing to wait on the judges at their own chambers, Wright got the business, and received 60l. for each piece. Two of his most admired works were a Highland Laird and an Irish Tory, whole-lengths, in their proper dresses, of which several copies were made. At Windsor is his large picture of John Lacy, the comedian, in three different characters—Parson Scruple, in the "Cheats," Sandy, in the "Taming of the Shrew," and Monsieur de Vice, in the " Country Captain." It was painted in 1675, and several copies taken from it. He twice drew a Duke of Cambridge, son of King James, 1 perhaps the two children who bore that title ; one of them is in the king's closet at St. James's. He painted, too, a ceiling in the king's bedchamber at Whitehall.

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