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

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into debt and was arrested. He sued in vain to the king for delivery; his countrymen freed him by a contribution. Sir William Soames, being sent ambassador to Constantinople by James II., Vosterman accompanied him, intending to paint the delights of that situation; but Sir William dying on the road, it is not certain what became of the painter. It is said that before his departure from England he had been invited to Poland by his old patron the Marquis de Bethune, and probably went thither on the death of the ambassador. 1


WILLIAM WISSING,

(1656—1687,)

was born at Amsterdam, and bred under Dodaens, an historic painter of the Hague, from whence Wissing passed into France, contracted the furbelowed style of that country and age, and came into England, where at least he learned it in its perfection from Sir Peter Lely, for whom he worked, and after whose death he grew into fashion. He drew all the royal family, and particularly the Duke of Monmouth, several times, which ingratiated him with the king and the ladies. Sir Godfrey Kneller, then the rising genius, was a formidable rival, but death put an end to the contest in the thirty-first year of Wissing's age, who deceased at Burleigh, the Lord Exeter's, in 1687. 2 He was buried at the expense

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in silence ; but retained the picture. Still buoyed up with the confidence of a speedy remuneration, he became overwhelmed with debt, and was thrown into prison by his English creditors ; where his royal patron would have left him, had he not been liberated by the charity of his brother painters, then in London.—D.
1
Francisco Milé, a landscape-painter of Antwerp, was here towards the end of Charles's reign, but probably stayed not long.—Abrégé, &c. vol. ii. p. 214.

Descamps observes of him, (tom. iii. p. 169,) "Il passa par la Hollande à l'Angleterre, on ne pût l'arrêter nulle part." At Castle Donnington is " Moses found," by Mile.—D.

2
There is something mysterious in the assertion of Descamps, at the beginning of his Life of Wissing, "that he owed his good fortune to his talents, and his death to envy;" and afterwards, that it was suspected that he was poisoned, through the envy of his rivals, "du moins, les Anglois l'assurent." This must have been a calumny. In his epitaph, he is said to have died "inter florem et robur juventæ vix annum 32m. ingressus." Graham gives a sketch of the freedom of the times. Mr. Wissing's good manners and complaisance recommended him to most people's esteem. In drawing his portraits, especially those of the fair sex, he always took the beautiful likeness; and when any lady came to sit to him, whose complexion was any ways pale, he would commonly take her by the hand, and dance her about the room, till she became warmer; by which means he heightened her natural beauty, and made her fit to be represented by his hand, p. 435—D.

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Table of contents

  • Anecdotes of Painting in England; *
  • Contents to Vol. II *
  • List of Illustrations—vol. Ii. v
  • William Dobson, (1610—1646,) *
  • Gerard Honthorst, - (1592—1660,) 5
  • Artemisia Gentileschi, - (1590—1642,) 11
  • Nicholas Laniere, - (1568—1649,) 12
  • — Weesop 15
  • John De Critz 15
  • Francis Barlow, - (1626- 1702,) 20
  • Sir James Palmer, 23
  • Samuel Butler, 24
  • John Hoskins. - (— 1664.) 29
  • Alexander Cooper 30
  • Anne Carlisle, 31
  • John Petitot, - (1607—1691,) 31
  • Andrew Kearne, 40
  • John Schurman, 40
  • Edward Pierce, 40
  • Enoch Wyat 45
  • Zachary Taylor 46
  • John Osborn 46
  • Martin Johnson 46
  • —green, 47
  • Christian Van Vianen. 47
  • Francis Fanelli, 48
  • Theodore Rogiers 50
  • Thomas Rawlins. 50
  • John Varin, or Warin, - (1604—1672,) 51
  • Inigo Jones, - (1572—1652,) 52
  • Chapter XI - Artists During the Interregnum. 71
  • General Lambert, 71
  • Robert Walker, 71
  • Edward Mascall 73
  • — Heywood. 73
  • Peter Blondeau and Thomas Violet 74
  • Francis Carter 74
  • Chapter Xii. - Painters and Other Artists in the Reign of Charles Ii. 76
  • Isaac Fuller. - (— 1672.) 78
  • Cornelius Boll, 82
  • John Freeman, 82
  • RemÈe, or Remigius Van Lemput, 82
  • Henry Anderton 87
  • Samuel Van Hoogstraten, - (1627—1678,) 88
  • Balthazar Van Lemens, - (1637—1704,) 89
  • Mr. William Lightfoot, 91
  • Sir Peter Lely, - (1618—1680,) 91
  • Joseph Buckshorn, 102
  • John Greenhill, - (1649—1676,) 102
  • ——— Davenport, 103
  • Prosper Henry Lankrink, - (1628- 1692,) 103
  • John Vander Eyden, 105
  • Mrs. Anne Killigrew, - (1660—1685,) 106
  • ———bustler, [or Bosseler,] 107
  • Daniel Boon, 108
  • Isaac Paling, 108
  • Henry Paert, or Peart, 108
  • Henry Dankers, 108
  • Parrey Walton, 109
  • Thomas Flatman, - (1663—1688,) 110
  • Le Fevre De Venise, 112
  • Henry Gascar, 114
  • Simon Varelst, 114
  • Antonio Verrio, - (1639—1707,) 117
  • James Huysman, or Housman, - (1656—1696,) 121
  • Michael Wright 123
  • Edmund Ashfield, 125
  • Peter Roestraten, - (1627—1698,) 125
  • Gerard Soest, Called Zoust, - (1637—1681,) 126
  • [william] Reader, 128
  • John Loten, 128
  • Thomas Manby, 129
  • Nicholas Byer, 129
  • Adam Coloni, (1634—1681,) 129
  • John Griffiere, [the Old, 1645—1718,] 129
  • Thomas Stevenson, 133
  • Philip Duval, 133
  • Edward Hawker 133
  • Sir John Gawdie, - (1639—1708,) 134
  • B. Flesshier, 134
  • Benedetto Genaro, - (1633—1715,) 134
  • Gaspar Netscher, - (1639—1684,) 135
  • Jacob Pen, 136
  • Sunman, 136
  • William Shephard, 136
  • — Steiner, 136
  • Peter Stoop, - (1619—1686,) 136
  • ——— Waggoner, 138
  • Alexander Souville, 138
  • William Vandevelde, - (1610—1693,) 138
  • William Vandevelde the Younger. - (1633—1707.) 139
  • John Vosterman, 141
  • William Wissing, - (1656—1687,) 142
  • Adrian Henny, or Hennin, 143
  • Herbert Tuer 143
  • Tempesta and Tomaso, 144
  • Samuel Cooper, - (1609—1672,) 145
  • Richard Gibson, - (1616—1690,) 149
  • William Gibson, 151
  • Edward Gibson, 151
  • John Dixon, 151
  • Alexander Marshall, 152
  • William Hassel, 152
  • Matthew Snelling, 153
  • Mary Beale, - (1632—1697,) 153
  • Charles Beale, 160
  • Elizabeth Neal 161
  • Chapter XIII - Statuaries, Carvers, Architects, and Medallists, in the Reign of Charles Ii. 164
  • Thomas Burman 164
  • Bowden, Latham, and Bonne, 164
  • William Emmett 164
  • Francis Du Sart, 167
  • Grinling Gibbons, - (1648-1721,) 167
  • Lewis Payne 173
  • Architecture, 173
  • John Webb, 174
  • Captain William Winde, 174
  • — Marsh, 175
  • Monsieur Pouget, 175
  • Sir Christopher Wren, - (1632—1723,) 175
  • The Rotiers, 184
  • — Du Four. 187
  • George Bower, 188
  • Chapter Xiv. - Artists in the Reign of James Ii. 190
  • William G. Ferguson, 190
  • Jacques Rousseau, 190
  • Charles De La Fosse, - (1640—1716,) 191
  • N. Heude 192
  • William De Keisar, 192
  • [nicholas] Largilliere, - (1656-1746,) 193
  • John Sybrecht, - (1630—1703,) 194
  • Henry Tilson 195
  • — Fancati, 195
  • Thomas Beniere, 195
  • — Quellin, 196
  • Thomas East 196
  • Chapter XV - Painters in the Reign of King William. 201
  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, - (1648—1723,) 202
  • John James Bakker 214
  • Jacob Vander Roer, 214
  • John Pieters 215
  • John Baptist Monoyer, - (1635—1699,) 215
  • Henry Vergazon, 217
  • Philip Boul, 217
  • Edward Bubois 217
  • Simon Dubois, - (— 1708,) 217
  • Henry Cooke, - (1642—1700,) 218
  • Peter Berchett, - (1659-1720,) 220
  • Louis Cheron, - (1660—1713,) 220
  • John Riley, - (1646—1691,) 221
  • John Closterman, - (1656—1713,) 222
  • William Deryke, 223
  • Dirk Maas, or Theodore Maas, 223
  • Peter Vander Meulen, 224
  • Paul Mignart, 224
  • Frederic Kerseboom - (1632—1690,) 225
  • Sevonyans, [antony Schoonjans,] - (1655—1726) 226
  • Sir John [baptist] Medina - (1659—1711) 226
  • Marcellus Laroon - (1653—1702) 228
  • Thomas Pembroke 229
  • Francis Le Piper, - (—1740,) 229
  • Thomas Sadler 231
  • Godfrey Schalken, - (1643—1796,) 231
  • Gaspar Smitz, - (— 1707,) 233
  • Thomas Van Wyck - (1616—1686) 234
  • John Van Wyck, - (— 1702,) 235
  • Sir Martin Beckman, 235
  • Henry Van [der] Straaten, 235
  • J. Woolaston, 236
  • John Schnell, - (1672—1714,) 237
  • Sir Ralph Cole, [baronet,] 237
  • — Hefele, 237
  • The Bishop of Ely. 238
  • Simon Digby, 238
  • Susan Penelope Rose, 238
  • Mary More, 238
  • John Bushnell, - (— 1701,) 239
  • Thomas Stanton, 241
  • D. Le Marchand 241
  • William Talman, 241
  • Sir William Wilson 242
  • Chapter XVI - Painters and Other Artists in the Reign of Queen Anne. 243
  • [antonio] Pelegrini, - (1675—1741,) 243
  • Marco Ricci, or Rizzi, - (1679—1729,) 244
  • — Baker 245
  • James Bogdani 245
  • William Claret, - (— 1706,) 245
  • Thomas Murray, - (1666—1724,) 246
  • Hugh Howard, - (—1737,) 246
  • James Parmentier, - (1658—1730,) 247
  • John Vander Vaart, - (1647—1721,) 248
  • Rhodolphus Shmutz - (—— 1715,) 248
  • — Preudhomme, 249
  • Colonel Seymour, 249
  • [charles] Boit, - (— 1726,) 249
  • Lewis Crosse, - (— 1724,) 251
  • Francis Bird. - (1667—1731.) 252
  • Sir John Vanbrugh, - (1666—1726,) 254
  • —roberti, 258
  • —bagotti 258
  • John Croker 258
  • Louis Laguerre, - (1663—1721,) 261
  • Michael Dahl, - (1656—1743,) 264
  • Peter Angelis, - (1685—1734,) 266
  • Antony Russel, - (— 1743,) 267
  • Luke Cradock, - (— 1717,) 267
  • Peter Casteels, - (1684—1749,) 268
  • —d'Agar, 269
  • Charles Jervas, - (1675—1739.) 269
  • Jonathan Richardson - (1665—1745) 273
  • [giuseppe] Grisoni - (— 1769) 277
  • William Aikman - (1682-1731) 278
  • John Alexander, 278
  • Sir James Thornhill, - (1676—1734,) 279
  • Robert Brown 283
  • [antonio] Bellucci, - (1654—1726,) 283
  • Balthazar Denner, - (1685—1747,) 285
  • Francis [paul] Ferg, - (1689—1740,) 286
  • Thomas Gibson, - (1680—1751,) 287
  • [thomas] Hill 287
  • Peter Monamy, - (— 1749,) 287
  • James Van Huysum, 288
  • James Maubert, - (—1746,) 288
  • [antoine] Pesne, - (1683—1757,) 288
  • John Stevens, 288
  • John Smibert, - (— 1751,) 289
  • — Trevett - (— 1723) 290
  • Henry Trench - (— 1726) 290
  • Peter Tillemans - (1684—1734) 290
  • John Vanderbank, - (1694—1739,) 292
  • Samuel Barker, 292
  • Peter Vanbleeck - (—1764,) 292
  • [herman] Vandermijn, - (1684—1741,) 293
  • Enoch Zeeman. - (— 1744.) 294
  • [antoine] Watteau. - (1684—1721,) 295
  • Robert Woodcock, - (1692—1728,) 296
  • Isaac Whood - (1689—1752) 297
  • [isaac] Vogelsang, - (1688—1753,) 297
  • — Zurich, - (— 1735,) 297
  • Christian Richter, - (— 1732) 298
  • Jacques Antoine Arlaud - (1668—1743) 298
  • Mrs. Hoadley, 300
  • Chapter XVIII - Architects and Other Artists in the Reign of George I. 302
  • Nicholas Hawksmoor. - (1667—1736.) 303
  • James Gibbs, - (1683—1754,) *
  • Colin Campbell, 312
  • John James, 312
  • — Carpentiere, 313
  • Charles Christian Reisen, - (1680—1725,) 313
  • Chapter XIX - Painters in the Reign of King George Ii. 316
  • Hans Huyssing, 317
  • Charles Collins 317
  • — Cooper 318
  • Bartholo Mew Dandridge, 318
  • —— Damini, 318
  • Jeremiah Davison, - (— 1745,) 318
  • John Ellis, 318
  • Philip Mercier, - (1689—1760,) 319
  • Joseph Francis Nollekins, - (1702—1747,) 319
  • — Robinson, 320
  • AndrÉa Soldi, 320
  • Chevalier Rusca, 320
  • Stephen Slaughter - (— 1765,) 321
  • James Worsdale 321
  • Ranelagh Barrett - (— 1768,) 321
  • John Wootton, - (— 1765,) 322
  • Joseph Highmore, - (1692—1780,) 322
  • Thomas Hudson, - (1701—1779,) 323
  • Francis Hayman, - (1708—1776,) 324
  • Samuel Scott, - (—1772,) 325
  • Mr. Taverner, 326
  • George Knapton - (1698—1778) 326
  • Francis Cotes, - (1726—1770,) 327
  • William Oram 327
  • John Shackleton 327
  • Giacomo Amiconi, - (1675—1762,) 327
  • James Seymour - (1702—1752,) 329
  • John Baptist Vanloo, - (1684—1746,) 330
  • Joseph Vanaken. 331
  • — Clermont, 332
  • [antonio] Canaletti, - (1697—1768,) 332
  • — Joli, 333
  • George Lambert, - (— 1765.) 333
  • Thomas Worlidge, - (1700—1766,) 334
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