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

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coins, which were purchased by Sir Hans Sloane, after his death, which happened about the year 1700, in James-street, Covent-garden. He is buried in that church.


EDMUND ASHFIELD, 1

scholar of Wright, was well descended, and painted both in oil and crayons, in which he made great improvements for multiplying the tints. He instructed Lutterel, who added the invention 2 of using crayons on copper plates. Vertue had seen a head of Sir John Bennet, afterwards Lord Ossulston, painted neatly by Ashfield, though not in a good manner; but at Burleigh is a small portrait of a Lady Herbert by him, highly finished and well painted.


PETER ROESTRATEN, 3

(1627—1698,)

was born at Harlem in 1627, and learned of Francis Hals, whose daughter he married, and whose manner for some time he followed ; but afterwards taking to still-life, painted little else. Sir Peter Lely was very kind to him 4 at his arrival in England, and introduced him to King Charles; but it does not appear that he was encouraged at court, nothing of his hand appearing in the palaces or royal catalogues ; he found more countenance from the nobility. 5 There is a good picture by him at Kiveton, the seat of the Duke of Leeds, one at Chatsworth, and two were at Lord

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Of the excellence of this invention we have the following testimony :—"1694. Saw the five daughters of Mr. G. Evelyn painted in one piece, very well, by Mr. LUTTRELL, in crayons, on copper, and seeming to be as finely painted as the best miniature." (Evelyn's Diary.) Was not this art worth pursuing? Three of them are in the queen's cabinet, Kensington.—D.
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Descamps says that Lely, growing jealous of Roestraten, proposed to him a partition of the art ; portraits were to be monopolised by Lely; all other branches were to be ceded to Roestraten, whose works were to be vaunted by Lely, and for which, by these means, he received 40 and 50 guineas. It is very improbable that an artist should relinquish that branch of his business which such a proposal told him he was most capable of executing.
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At Belvoir-castle is a superior specimen of his talent. In the same picture are represented a watch, an open book, and an embossed tankard, with other accompaniments. The execution of the tankard shows the utmost powers of the art. His management of chiaro-scuro was, indeed, very surprising.—D.

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