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

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for Dr. Meade, drew with the pen, in the manner of La Fage, and often set his name to his drawings, with the time he had employed on them, which sometimes, even for large pieces, did not exceed fifteen minutes. Showing one of his designs to Dorigny, and boasting of this expedition, Sir Nicholas told him he should have thought a man of his vivacity might have executed two much in the time.


BERNARD BARON,

( 1725,)

brought over, as has been said, by Dubosc, with whom he broke, and went to law, on the plates for the story of Ulysses, engraved from the designs of Rubens, in the collection of Dr. Meade; but they were reconciled and went to Paris together in 1729, where Baron engraved a plate from Watteau, and engaged to do another from Titian, in the king's collection, for Monsieur Crozat, for which he was to receive 60l. sterling. While at Paris, they both sat to Vanloo. Baron has executed a great number of works, a few portraits, and some considerable pictures after the best masters : as the family of Cornaro at Northumberland-house; Vandyck's family of the Earl of Pembroke at Wilton; Henry VIII. giving the charter to the Company of Surgeons ; the equestrian figure of Charles I. by Vandyck, at Kensington; its companion, the king, queen, and two children; and King William on horseback, with emblematic figures, at Hampton-court. His last considerable work was the family of Nassau, by Vandyck, at the Earl Cowper's. 1 Baron died in Panton-square, Piccadilly, Jan. 24th, 1762.


HENRY GRAVELOT, 2

(1699-1773,)

was not much known as an engraver, but was an excellent draughtsman, and drew designs for ornaments in great

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To which, as of equal merit, may be added, Robert Dormer, Earl of Carnarvon; Anna Sophia, his countess ; R. Mead, M.D. ; Lord Chancellor Hardwicke ; Lord Chief Justice Reeve and Dr. Hoadley, Bishop of Winton, from Hogarth.—D.
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[Hubert François D'Anville, known under his assumed name of Gravellot, was the brother of D'Anville the geographer. He was born at Paris in 1699. He

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