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

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said came to vest his money in our stocks. I think he did not stay here above two years. I have a perspective by him of the inside of King's-college chapel. 1


JOLI,

I think a Venetian, was in England in this reign, and painted ruins with historic figures, in the manner of Paolo Panini. At Joli's house I saw one of those pictures, in which were assembled as many blunders and improprieties as could be well contained in that compass. The subject was Alexander adorning the tomb of Achilles : on a grave- stone was inscribed, Hic jacet M. Achille, P.P. (i.e. pater patriæ.) The Christian Latin, the Roman M. for Marcus, the Pater Patriæ, and the Italian termination to Achilles, all this confusion of ignorance made the picture a real curiosity.


GEORGE LAMBERT,

(— 1765.)

In a country so profusely beautified with the amenities of nature, it is extraordinary that we have produced so few good painters of landscape. As our poets warm their imaginations with sunny hills, or sigh after grottoes and cooling breezes, our painters draw rocks and precipices and castellated mountains, because Virgil gasped for breath at Naples, and Salvator wandered amidst Alps and Apennines. Our ever-verdant lawns, rich vales, fields of haycocks, and hop-grounds, are neglected as homely and familiar objects. The latter, which I never saw painted, are very picturesque, particularly in the season of gathering, when some tendrils are ambitiously climbing, and others dangling in natural festoons ; while poles, despoiled of their garlands, are erected into easy pyramids that contrast with the taper and upright columns. In Kent such scenes are often

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who is also commonly called Canaletto, was long the pupil and assistant of his uncle, and painted similar subjects in exactly a similar style. The celebrated collection of Canalettos at Dresden are by Bellotto : this painter died at Prague in 1780.—W.]
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Of which Mr. Hawkins has a repetition.—D.

[Walpole's picture was purchased at the Strawberry-hill sale, by John A. Beaumont, Esq., for 21l. 10s. 6d.—W.]

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