ARTISTS DURING THE INTERREGNUM.
OF these the first in rank, if not in merit, was
who, we are told by the author of the English School, was a great encourager of painting, and a good performer in flowers: 1 some of his works were at the Duke of Leeds's, at Wimbledon : and it was supposed that he received instructions from Baptist Gaspars, whom he retained in his service. The general's son, John Lambert, painted portraits. There is a medal of the general, by Simon.
a portrait-painter, contemporary with Vandyck, 2 but most remarkable for being the principal painter employed by____________________
The Protector sat to him many times. Mr. Evelyn decides that the best likeness is that, in a double portrait, once in the collection of the Earl of Bradford, which has been absurdly called in the engraving by Lombart, "Cromwell and Lambert;" but it is of his son Richard, a youth tying on his sash ; an idea which is borrowed from Vandyck, in his portrait of Lord Goring. Others of Cromwell, presented by himself to Colonel Cooke and Speaker Lenthall, are still in the possession of their descendants. At Nuneham are Lambert, Sir W. Waller, and his lady, and Aubrey, the last Earl of Oxford.—D.
This first-mentioned portrait was sold with Lord Mountford's collection, in 1775, and is probably now at Cashiobury. Besides these, Walker's authentic portraits are of Lambert, Ireton, and Fleetwood; those belonging to his own family, or those whose ancestors were connected with his government.