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

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joined the sister arts, and painted several small pieces in water-colours for his amusement. That seraphic dame, Mrs. Rowe, also painted. A gentleman from whom I received these notices has a bust of the above-mentioned Mr. Hughes done by her in Indian ink. There lived about the same time one Constantine, a landscape-painter, and Mr. White, a limner; Mr. Hughes addressed a poem to the former.


MATTHEW SNELLING,

a gentleman who painted in miniature, and that (being very gallant) seldom but for ladies. In Mr. Rose's sale, 1723, was a head of Snelling by Cooper, 1644, finely painted, but the hands and drapery poor. Mr. Beale mentions him in one of his pocket-books, 1 for sending presents of colours to his wife, in 1654 and 1658; and that in 1678, Mr. Snelling offered him thirty guineas for a Venus and Cupid, after Rottenhamer, for which he asked forty guineas and was worth fifty. I do not know whether this person was related to Thomas Snelling, a poet recorded in Wood's Athenœ, vol. ii. p. 135.


MARY BEALE,

(1632—1697,)

was daughter of Mr. Cradock, minister of Walton-upon- Thames, 2 and learned the rudiments of painting from Sir

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Where Mr. Beale afterwards erected a monument for him

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