Anecdotes of Painting in England: With Some Account of the Principal Artists - Vol. 3

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Archbishop Chichele. [From the Statue at All-Souls-college.]

John Baliol. Devorguilla, his wife. 1

William, Earl of Pembroke.

Timothy Halton, D.D. provost of Queen's-college, from the life.

Dr. Wallis, 1669. [The celebrated mathematician.]

Two of Dr. Ratcliffe.

Sir Kenelm Digby.

Archbishop Laud. John Selden. 2

A large face of Christ, done with one stroke, in the manner of Mellan.

Many frontispieces for the Classics published at Oxford.

Several views of houses for Dr. Plot's works, and for other books. 3

Ditto, for the English translation of Plutarch's Lives ; and probably the vignettes to the Catalogue Libr. MSS. in Angliâ.

ADDITIONAL PORTRAITS.

William Penderill of Boscobel, in Salop, æt. 84, oval, suspended in an oak, 31l.—S.

Robert Eglesfield, founder of Queen's- college, 4l.—S.

Jacob Bobart, the first gardener of the Physic Garden, Oxford, æt. 81, 1679, 6l. 2s. 6d.—S.

Sir W. Read, chemical physician, oculist and chirurgical operator, with vignettes of the extraordinary cures he performed, 3l. 3s.—S.

Gilbert Sheldon, Archbishop of Can- terbury (Bishop of London), 13l. 2s. 6d. -S.]


PETER VANDERBANK, 4

(1674,)

was born at Paris, and came to England with Gascar, the painter, about the year 1674. He married the sister of Mr. Forester, a gentleman who had an estate at Bradfield in Hertfordshire. Vanderbank was soon admired for the softness of his prints, and still more for the size of them, some of his heads being the largest that had then appeared in England. 5 But this very merit undid him ; the time employed on such considerable works was by no means compensated in the price. He was reduced to want, and retiring to his brother-in-law, died at Bradfield, and was buried in the church there in 1697. After his death, his widow disposed of his plates to one Brown, 6 a printseller, who made great

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Imaginary. When Sonmans was employed by the University of Oxford to paint their gallery of Founders, these were furnished by the likeness of an athletic blacksmith, and the handsome daughter of an apothecary.—D.
2
The heads of Digby, Pembroke, Laud and Selden are the same I have mentioned at the corners of Sir T. Bodley's print.
3
Walpole has not given to Burghers his due praise. His works of decided excellence are the views of gentlemen's seats and specimens of natural history, in Dr. Plott's Oxfordshire and Staffordshire, and in Dr. White Kennet's History of Ambroseden. He has introduced into a view of a church, the ceremony of a marriage procession, in which the costume of the age and portraits are given with a neatness and brilliancy not often paralleled.—D.
4
He sometimes wrote his name VANDREBANC.
5
There is a private print of Henry, the second Duke of Beaufort, nearly as large as life.—D.
6
Abraham Browne, before mentioned as the most extensive printseller of his age.—D.

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