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

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small works in marble are much commended. The anatomic figure commonly seen in the shops of apothecaries was taken from his original model. He carved portraits in marble, from the life, for two guineas. He lived and died near Fleet-ditch, in 1693.


QUELLIN,

eldest son of a good statuary at Antwerp, settled here, and was concerned in several works, which, by the only specimen Vertue mentions, I should think were very indifferent, for he carved Mr. Thynne's monument in Westminster- abbey. 1 He lived in a large old house in Tower-street, St. Giles's, near the Seven Dials, and died at the age of thirty- three. His widow married Van Ost, of Mechlin, another statuary. Quellin's younger brother, who followed the same business, worked at Copenhagen, Dantzic, and Hamburgh, and in ten years made a considerable fortune ; and died at Antwerp.

In a book called The Art of Painting, by Marshal Smith, second edit. fol. 1693, mention is made of William de Ryck, a disciple of Quellin, who seems to have been a painter, and to have come to England ; for, recapitulating some of this man's works, the author specifics "a Magdalen, or the Lady of Winchelsea;" and adds, " his daughter Mrs. Katherine comes behind none of her fair sex in the art." There is a large sheet print, the condemnation of St. Catherine, designed, painted, and engraved by William de Ryck, 1684, and dedicated to a bishop of Antwerp.


THOMAS EAST

was engraver of the seals to James II. and had learned of Thomas Simon. East was succeeded by his nephew Mr. John Roos, who continued in that office till the accession of George I.

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He was the son of Artus Quellin, of a family of great eminence both for sculpture and painting, settled at Antwerp.—D.

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