were a family of medallists. The father, a goldsmith and a banker, assisted Charles II. with money during his exile, in return for which the king promised, if he was restored, to employ his sons, who were all gravers of seals and coins. The Restoration happened; and Charles, discontent with the inimitable Simon, who had served Cromwell and the Republic, sent for Rotier's sons. The two eldest, John and Joseph, arrived (not entirely with their father's consent, who wished to have them settle in France, of which I suppose he was a native). They were immediately placed in the mint, and allowed a salary and a house, where they soon grew rich, being allowed 200l. for each broad seal, and gaining 300l. a year by vending great numbers of medals abroad. On their success, Philip, the third brother, came over, and worked for the government too. He is the only one of the three, though John was reckoned the best artist, who has left his name or initials on any of our medals! 2 and he it was, I believe, who, being in love with the fair Mrs. Stuart, Duchess of Richmond, 3 represented her likeness, under the form of Britannia, on the reverse of a large medal with the king's head. 4 Simon, discontent, with some reason, at the preference of such inferior performers, made the famous 5 crown-piece, which, though it____________________
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" Thomas Simon most humbly prays your majesty to compare this his trialpiece
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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: 184.
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