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

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please the painter, served to make Simpson known. He had a son of both his names, of whom he had conceived extraordinary hopes, but who died in 1736 without having attained much excellence.


PETER VAN GUNST

(1713)

was not in England himself, but engraved the set of whole- lengths after Vandyck. Houbraken 1 came from Holland in 1713 to make the drawings, for each of which he received one hundred guilders. The persons who employed him were Mr. Cock, Mr. Comyns, and the late well-known Mr. Swinny, formerly director of the theatre. Van Gunst had a son who was twice in England, but stayed not long.


ROBERT OR ROGER WILLIAMS,

a Welshman, was, I believe, senior to many I have mentioned. He worked only in mezzotinto, in which he had good success. His print of Sir Richard Blackmore is uncommonly fine. He contracted a great lameness from a sprain, for which he had his leg cut off, and lived many years afterwards. 2


W. WILSON

did a mezzotinto of Lady Newburgh, Lord Lansdown's Myra.

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1
I believe this was not Houbraken the engraver, but a painter of that name, who gave the designs for a History of the Bible.—[This was Arnold Houbraken, the father of Jacob the engraver; he remained here about eight or nine months. Van Gool, Nieuwe Schonburg, &c.—W.]
2
Among the mezzotints by Roger Williams, we have—

Charles I. from Vandyck.

Sir Edward Lyttelton, judge.

James, Duke of York, and Maria D'Esté, his duchess.

Henry, Marquis of Worcester.

James, Duke of Ormond.

Charles, Duke of Richmond.

George, Duke of Northumberland, inhis robes, after Wissing.

Edmund King, M.D. from Lely.

Barbara, Duchess of Cleveland.

Madam Sedley.

Madam Hewse.

James II. and Maria his queen.

Mary, Princess of Orange.

Anne, Princess of Denmark.

Laurence Hyde, Earl of Rochester

Theophilus, Earl of Huntingdon, 1687 sumptuously apparelled, half shes 16l. 5s. 6d.—Bindley.

John, Viscount Dundee.

John, Lord Cutts.

Harriet, Lady Wentworth, large half- sheet, 6l. 10s.—Bindley.

Mr. Greville Verney, after Dahl.

Countess of Kildare.

Thomas Betterton, the tragedian, 4l. 16s. 6d. Bindley. -D.

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