found them. If we are satisfied with exact representation, we have it no where better than in his works. But we are not to expect pictures. His large views are generally bad, indeed I might say all his large works. His smaller works are often good ; among these are many views of castles, which he took on the Rhine and the Danube, and many views also in England. His distances are generally pleasing. In his foregrounds, which he probably took exactly as he found them, he fails most. Hollar has given us several plates in animal life, which are good, particularly of domestic fowls, wild ducks, woodcocks, and other game. Among his prints of game there is particularly one, very highly finished, in which a hare is represented hanging with a basket of birds. His shells, muffs, and butterflies are admirable. In general, however, Hollar is most admired as an antiquarian ; we consider his works a repository of curiosities, and records of antique dresses, abolished ceremonies, and edifices now in ruins. And yet many of his antiquities are elegantly touched. The Gothic ornaments of his cathedrals are often masterly. The sword of Edward VI., the cup of Andréa Mantegna, and the vases from Holbein, are all beautifuL"—P. 106.—D.
About the same period were many other artists, several of whom at present support their claim by a single print or two. I will name them, because when once ranged, it is easy for collectors to allot to them as many more of their works as shall be discovered ; and I hope the former will thank me for my pains ; for if the drudgery of collecting is dull, what is it to be a collector's collector?
His heads are Shakspeare; John Fox, Martyrologist; John Howson, Bishop of Durham : to this print is the name of William Peake, printseller, probably the father of Sir Robert Peake, who engraved some things himself, and whom I have mentioned in my first volume. Droeshout was also employed for Haywood's Hierarchy of Angels, and executed a print of Dido stabbing herself, for Stapylton's Virgil, octavo, and a head of Lord Mountjoy Blount. [Earl of Newport.]
Jeffrey Hudson (the Dwarf), prefixed to the New Yeares Gifte, 4l. 4s.—S. See vol. i. p. 217.
William Fairfax, General in the Pala- tinate, 8vo. 4l.—Bindley.
John Babington, fromhis Pyrotechnica.
Blount, Lord Mountjoy, 12mo. 141. —De la Bere.
John Sadler, of Norwich, 1636.
James, Marquis of Hamilton, (w.l.) 1623.
Hilkiah Crooke, M.D in a title- page.
Thomas, Lord Coventry, Lord Keeper.
John Donne, Dean of St. Paul's.
John Fox, the Martyrologist.
His relative, John Droeshout, en- graved Richard Elton, prefixed to his Military Art.
John Danesey, for his Paralipyo- mena.
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Publication information: Book title: Anecdotes of Painting in England: With Some Account of the Principal Artists. Volume: 3. Contributors: Horace Walpole - Author. Publisher: Swan Sonnenschein. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1888. Page number: 175.
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