in oil being dated in that year; they are commonly distinguished by the fashion of that time, laced cravats. Portrait, however, was not his excellence; originally, he painted battles, small, and in the Italian manner; afterwards, horses 1 and cattle, with figures, the faces of which were so neatly finished that a lady persuaded him to try likenesses, and sat to him herself. He sold many of his pieces for originals by Italian hands, saying sensibly, that since the world would not do him justice, he would do it himself ; his works sold well, when his name was concealed. Lord Somers distinguished better ; he went unknown and sat to Dubois ; and going away gave him fifty guineas, ordered the robes of chancellor, and when the picture 2 was finished, gave him as much more. The two brothers lived together in Covent-garden without any servant, working in obscurity, and heaping up money, both being avaricious. When Edward died, Simon, left without society, began to work for Vandevelde, and one day in a. fit of generosity, offered to draw the portrait of his eldest daughter. This drew on a nearer acquaintance, and the old man married her, but died in a year, leaving her his money, and a fine collection of pictures, and naming his patron, Lord Somers, executor; he was buried May 26, 1708. His young widow married again, and dissipated the fortune and collection. Dubois drew a whole-length of Archbishop Tenison, now at Lambeth, and Vandervaart the painter had his own head by himself.
was born in 1642, and was thought to have a talent for history. He went to Italy, and studied under Salvator Rosa. On his return, neither rich nor known, he lived obscurely in Knave's-acre, in partnership with a house- painter. Lutterel introduced him to Sir Godfrey Copley, who was pleased with his works, and carried him into Yorkshire, where he was building a new house, in which Cooke painted, and received 150l. He then lived five____________________
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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: 218.
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