a man of a most amiable character, says Vertue, had for some time great business, but an ill state of health for some years interrupted his application, and about 1730 he disposed of his pictures privately amongst his friends. 1 He not long after removed to Oxford, and I believe practised again in London. He died April 28, 1751, aged about seventy-one. Vertue speaks highly of his integrity and modesty, and says he offended his cotemporary artists by forbearing to raise his prices; and adds, what was not surprising in such congenial goodness, that of all the profession Gibson was his most sincere friend.
was born in 1661, and learned to draw of the engraver Faithorne. He painted many portraits, and died at Mitcham, in 1734. 2
a good painter of sea-pieces, was born in Jersey, and certainly, from his circumstances or the views of his family, had little reason to expect the fame he afterwards acquired, having received his first rudiments of drawing from a sign and house-painter on London-bridge. But when nature gives real talents, they break forth in the homeliest school. The shallow waves that rolled under his window taught young Monamy what his master could not teach him, and fitted him to imitate the turbulence of the ocean. In Painters'-hall is a large piece by him, painted in 1726. He died at his house in Westminster the beginning of 1749. 3____________________
"Monamy, the painter, showing a Sea-piece to his patron, Thomas Walker, Esq.; the Figures are by Hogarth, the Sea-piece in the picture is by Momamy." It was bought by the Earl of Derby, for 21 guineas.—W.]
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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: 287.
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