windows of which are painted in grotesque. Different rooms are seen through the doors; in one, I suppose, is Martha employed in the business of the family. There is merit in this piece, particularly in the perspective and grotesques, the latter of which and the figures in the manner of the Venetian school, make me not hesitate to ascribe it to this master.
For the life of this valuable master, I find fewer materials 1 than of almost any man in the list who arrived to so much excellence. Vertue knew no more of him than what was contained in Graham's English School, where we are only told " that he was bred a face-painter in oil, but afterwards taking to miniature, far exceeded what he did before ; that he drew King Charles, his queen, and most of the court, 2 and had two considerable disciples, Alexander and Samuel Cooper, the latter of whom became much the more eminent limner." Hoskins, though surpassed by his scholar, the younger Cooper, was a very good painter. There is great truth and nature in his heads ; but the carnations are too bricky, and want a degradation and variety of tints. I have a head of Sergeant Maynard 3 by him, boldly painted and in a manly style, though not without these faults ; and another good one of Lord Falkand, 4 more descriptive of his patriot melancholy than the common prints ; it was in the collection of Dr. Meade. 5 There is indeed one work of Hoskins 6 that may be called perfect ; it is a head of a man,____________________