little of him, that the first mentions him not, and the latter confounded him with Valentine Le Fevre of Brussels, who never was here ; yet mentions a mezzotint of Alexandre Boudan, imprimeur du roi, done at Paris by Sarabe, the eyes of which were printed in blue and the face and hands in flesh-colour. From hence I conclude that Graham made another mistake in his account of
whose Christian name was Roland, and who he says gained the favour of Prince Rupert by a secret of staining marble. As that prince invented mezzotinto, 1 I conclude it was Claude who learned it of his highness, during his intercourse with him, and communicated it to Sarabe at Paris. Le Fevre de Venise certainly was in England and died here, as Claude did. Vertue says, that his Le Fevre painted chiefly portraits and histories in small, in the manner of Vandyck, the latter of which were not always very decent. As I am desirous of adjusting the pretensions of the three Le Fevres, and should be unwilling to attribute to either of the wrong what his modesty might make him decline, I mean the last article, I am inclined to bestow the nudities on Roland, qui se plaisoit, says 2 my author, à dessiner en caricatures les caractères & les temperamens de ceux qu'il conoissoit, imitant en cela Anibal Caracci.—One knows what sort of temperamens Anibal painted.
Claude died in 1675, at the age of forty-two; Roland died in Bear-street, near Leicester-fields, in 1677, about the sixty-ninth year of his age, and was buried at St. Martin's.
Mercier, painter to the late Prince of Wales, bought at an auction the portrait of Le Fevre, in a spotted fur cap, with a pallet in his hand : I suppose painted by himself; and at Burlington-house is the picture of Rousseau the painter, by Le Fevre: I suppose Roland.____________________