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

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temper, inclining him more to the pursuit of his art, than to the advantage of his fortune. Yet his attention to the latter prevented his return to England as he intended, for stopping at Rennes in Bretagne, a rich and parliamentary town, he was so immediately overwhelmed with employment there, that he settled in that city, and died there in a short time, in the year 1734, when he was not above forty-nine years of age. Huyssing painted his picture while he was in England. 1


ANTONY RUSSEL,

(— 1743,)

is recorded by Vertue as one of Riley's school [consequently a painter of portraits], as were Murray and Richardson, though he owns with less success and less merit; nor does he mention any other facts relating to him, except that he died in July, 1743, aged above fourscore. I should not be solicitous to preserve such dates, but that they sometimes ascertain the hands by which pictures have been painted ; and yet I have lived long enough since the first volumes 2 of this work were printed to see many pieces ascribed to Holbein and Vandyck in auctions, though bearing dates notoriously posterior to the deaths of those masters : such notices as these often helping more men to cheat than to distinguish


LUKE CRADOCK,

(— 1717,)

who died early in this reign, was a painter of birds and animals, in which walk he attained much merit by the bent and force of his own genius, having been so little initiated even in the grammar of his profession, that he was sent from Somerton, near Ilchester, in Somersetshire, where he was born, to be apprentice to a house-painter in London, with whom he served his time. Yet there, without instructions,

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[A pair of small cabinet pictures, the Fish Market, and Fruit and Vegetable Market, by Angelis, were bought by the Earl of Derby for guineas, at the Strawberry-hill sale, in 1842.—W.]
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Alluding to the original Edition.

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