age of eighty, in 1778, at Kensington, where he was buried.
scholar of Knapton, painted portraits in oil and crayons, in the latter of which he arrived at uncommon perfection, though he died untimely of the stone in July 1770, not having passed the forty-fifth year of his age. 1 His pictures of the queen holding the princess royal, then an infant, in her lap ; of his own wife; of Polly Jones, a woman of pleasure ; of Mr. Obrien, the comedian; of Mrs. Child of Osterly-park; and of Miss Wilton, now Lady Chambers; are portraits which, if they yield to Rosalba's in softness, excel hers in vivacity and invention.
was bred an architect, but taking to landscape-painting, arrived at great merit in that branch; and was made master-carpenter to the Board of Works, by the interest of Sir Edward Walpole, who has several of his pictures and drawings.
was principal painter to the crown in the latter end of the reign of George II. and to his death, which happened March 16, 1767.
a Venetian painter of history, came to England in 1729, when he was about forty years of age. He had studied under Bellucci, in the Palatine court, and had been some____________________
[Cotes was, according to Hogarth, a better portrait painter than Reynolds ; both employed Jones to paint their draperies. He was one of the original thirty-six members of the Royal Academy, and lived in the house in Cavendish-square which was afterwards occupied by Romney, and by Sir M. A. Shoe. See Edwards's Anec dotes, and Smith's Nollckens and his Times.—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: 327.
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