Anecdotes of Painting in England: With Some Account of the Principal Artists - Vol. 2

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ANTONIO VERRIO, 1

(1639 2—1707,)

a Neapolitan ; an excellent painter for the sort of subjects on which he was employed ; that is, without much invention, and with less taste, his exuberant pencil was ready at pouring out gods, goddesses, kings, emperors and triumphs, over those public surfaces on which the eye never rests long enough to criticise, and where one should be sorry to place the works of a better master: I mean ceilings and staircases. The New Testament or the Roman History cost him nothing but ultra-marine ; that, and marble columns, and marble steps he never spared. He first settled in France, and painted the high altar of the Carmelites at Toulouse, which is described in Du Puy's Traité sur la Peinture, p. 219. Toul. 1699.

Charles II. having a mind to revive the manufacture of tapestry at Mortlake, which had been interrupted by the civil war, sent for Verrio to England; but changing his purpose, consigned over Windsor to his pencil. 3 The king was induced to this by seeing some of his painting at Lord Arlington's, at the end of St. James's-park, where at present stands Buckingham-house. The first picture Verrio drew for the king was his majesty in naval triumph, now in the

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Verrio's arrival in England is ascertained in Eyelyn's Diary, 1671 : "At Lord Arlington's house, at Euston. Paintings in fresco in the hall, being the first work which Verrio did in England."

" Verrio's invention is admirable, his ord'nance full and flowing, antique and heroical; his figures move ; and if the walls hold (which is the only doubt, by reason of the salts, which in time and in this moist climate, prejudice,) the work. will preserve his name to ages."—Evelyn, Mem. vol. i. p. 518.—D.

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[Verrio was born at Leece, in the Terra d'Otranto, in Naples, about 1639. Dominici, Vite de' Pittori Napolitani, &c.—W.]
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Evelyn, who was considered a connoisseur in painting, in his own time, gives unqualified praise to Verrio ; and it is evident, that the public had adopted his opinion.

"1683. To see Montagu-house. The Funeral pile of Dido. Hercules and the Centaurs, &c., I think exceeds anything he has yet done, both for design and colouring, and exuberance of invention, comparable to the greatest old masters, or what they do, in France." This, so celebrated, work was destroyed by fire, in 1686. Pope's satire of " Where sprawl the Saints of Verrio," has had a lasting influence on the public mind with regard to his real merit as a painter. Verrio's first, or introductory work at Windsor, was the ceiling of the queen's guardroom.—D.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Anecdotes of Painting in England; *
  • Contents to Vol. II *
  • List of Illustrations—vol. Ii. v
  • William Dobson, (1610—1646,) *
  • Gerard Honthorst, - (1592—1660,) 5
  • Artemisia Gentileschi, - (1590—1642,) 11
  • Nicholas Laniere, - (1568—1649,) 12
  • — Weesop 15
  • John De Critz 15
  • Francis Barlow, - (1626- 1702,) 20
  • Sir James Palmer, 23
  • Samuel Butler, 24
  • John Hoskins. - (— 1664.) 29
  • Alexander Cooper 30
  • Anne Carlisle, 31
  • John Petitot, - (1607—1691,) 31
  • Andrew Kearne, 40
  • John Schurman, 40
  • Edward Pierce, 40
  • Enoch Wyat 45
  • Zachary Taylor 46
  • John Osborn 46
  • Martin Johnson 46
  • —green, 47
  • Christian Van Vianen. 47
  • Francis Fanelli, 48
  • Theodore Rogiers 50
  • Thomas Rawlins. 50
  • John Varin, or Warin, - (1604—1672,) 51
  • Inigo Jones, - (1572—1652,) 52
  • Chapter XI - Artists During the Interregnum. 71
  • General Lambert, 71
  • Robert Walker, 71
  • Edward Mascall 73
  • — Heywood. 73
  • Peter Blondeau and Thomas Violet 74
  • Francis Carter 74
  • Chapter Xii. - Painters and Other Artists in the Reign of Charles Ii. 76
  • Isaac Fuller. - (— 1672.) 78
  • Cornelius Boll, 82
  • John Freeman, 82
  • Remèe, or Remigius Van Lemput, 82
  • Henry Anderton 87
  • Samuel Van Hoogstraten, - (1627—1678,) 88
  • Balthazar Van Lemens, - (1637—1704,) 89
  • Mr. William Lightfoot, 91
  • Sir Peter Lely, - (1618—1680,) 91
  • Joseph Buckshorn, 102
  • John Greenhill, - (1649—1676,) 102
  • ——— Davenport, 103
  • Prosper Henry Lankrink, - (1628- 1692,) 103
  • John Vander Eyden, 105
  • Mrs. Anne Killigrew, - (1660—1685,) 106
  • ———bustler, [or Bosseler,] 107
  • Daniel Boon, 108
  • Isaac Paling, 108
  • Henry Paert, or Peart, 108
  • Henry Dankers, 108
  • Parrey Walton, 109
  • Thomas Flatman, - (1663—1688,) 110
  • Le Fevre De Venise, 112
  • Henry Gascar, 114
  • Simon Varelst, 114
  • Antonio Verrio, - (1639—1707,) 117
  • James Huysman, or Housman, - (1656—1696,) 121
  • Michael Wright 123
  • Edmund Ashfield, 125
  • Peter Roestraten, - (1627—1698,) 125
  • Gerard Soest, Called Zoust, - (1637—1681,) 126
  • [william] Reader, 128
  • John Loten, 128
  • Thomas Manby, 129
  • Nicholas Byer, 129
  • Adam Coloni, (1634—1681,) 129
  • John Griffiere, [the Old, 1645—1718,] 129
  • Thomas Stevenson, 133
  • Philip Duval, 133
  • Edward Hawker 133
  • Sir John Gawdie, - (1639—1708,) 134
  • B. Flesshier, 134
  • Benedetto Genaro, - (1633—1715,) 134
  • Gaspar Netscher, - (1639—1684,) 135
  • Jacob Pen, 136
  • Sunman, 136
  • William Shephard, 136
  • — Steiner, 136
  • Peter Stoop, - (1619—1686,) 136
  • ——— Waggoner, 138
  • Alexander Souville, 138
  • William Vandevelde, - (1610—1693,) 138
  • William Vandevelde the Younger. - (1633—1707.) 139
  • John Vosterman, 141
  • William Wissing, - (1656—1687,) 142
  • Adrian Henny, or Hennin, 143
  • Herbert Tuer 143
  • Tempesta and Tomaso, 144
  • Samuel Cooper, - (1609—1672,) 145
  • Richard Gibson, - (1616—1690,) 149
  • William Gibson, 151
  • Edward Gibson, 151
  • John Dixon, 151
  • Alexander Marshall, 152
  • William Hassel, 152
  • Matthew Snelling, 153
  • Mary Beale, - (1632—1697,) 153
  • Charles Beale, 160
  • Elizabeth Neal 161
  • Chapter XIII - Statuaries, Carvers, Architects, and Medallists, in the Reign of Charles Ii. 164
  • Thomas Burman 164
  • Bowden, Latham, and Bonne, 164
  • William Emmett 164
  • Francis Du Sart, 167
  • Grinling Gibbons, - (1648-1721,) 167
  • Lewis Payne 173
  • Architecture, 173
  • John Webb, 174
  • Captain William Winde, 174
  • — Marsh, 175
  • Monsieur Pouget, 175
  • Sir Christopher Wren, - (1632—1723,) 175
  • The Rotiers, 184
  • — Du Four. 187
  • George Bower, 188
  • Chapter Xiv. - Artists in the Reign of James Ii. 190
  • William G. Ferguson, 190
  • Jacques Rousseau, 190
  • Charles De La Fosse, - (1640—1716,) 191
  • N. Heude 192
  • William De Keisar, 192
  • [nicholas] Largilliere, - (1656-1746,) 193
  • John Sybrecht, - (1630—1703,) 194
  • Henry Tilson 195
  • — Fancati, 195
  • Thomas Beniere, 195
  • — Quellin, 196
  • Thomas East 196
  • Chapter XV - Painters in the Reign of King William. 201
  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, - (1648—1723,) 202
  • John James Bakker 214
  • Jacob Vander Roer, 214
  • John Pieters 215
  • John Baptist Monoyer, - (1635—1699,) 215
  • Henry Vergazon, 217
  • Philip Boul, 217
  • Edward Bubois 217
  • Simon Dubois, - (— 1708,) 217
  • Henry Cooke, - (1642—1700,) 218
  • Peter Berchett, - (1659-1720,) 220
  • Louis Cheron, - (1660—1713,) 220
  • John Riley, - (1646—1691,) 221
  • John Closterman, - (1656—1713,) 222
  • William Deryke, 223
  • Dirk Maas, or Theodore Maas, 223
  • Peter Vander Meulen, 224
  • Paul Mignart, 224
  • Frederic Kerseboom - (1632—1690,) 225
  • Sevonyans, [antony Schoonjans,] - (1655—1726) 226
  • Sir John [baptist] Medina - (1659—1711) 226
  • Marcellus Laroon - (1653—1702) 228
  • Thomas Pembroke 229
  • Francis Le Piper, - (—1740,) 229
  • Thomas Sadler 231
  • Godfrey Schalken, - (1643—1796,) 231
  • Gaspar Smitz, - (— 1707,) 233
  • Thomas Van Wyck - (1616—1686) 234
  • John Van Wyck, - (— 1702,) 235
  • Sir Martin Beckman, 235
  • Henry Van [der] Straaten, 235
  • J. Woolaston, 236
  • John Schnell, - (1672—1714,) 237
  • Sir Ralph Cole, [baronet,] 237
  • — Hefele, 237
  • The Bishop of Ely. 238
  • Simon Digby, 238
  • Susan Penelope Rose, 238
  • Mary More, 238
  • John Bushnell, - (— 1701,) 239
  • Thomas Stanton, 241
  • D. Le Marchand 241
  • William Talman, 241
  • Sir William Wilson 242
  • Chapter XVI - Painters and Other Artists in the Reign of Queen Anne. 243
  • [antonio] Pelegrini, - (1675—1741,) 243
  • Marco Ricci, or Rizzi, - (1679—1729,) 244
  • — Baker 245
  • James Bogdani 245
  • William Claret, - (— 1706,) 245
  • Thomas Murray, - (1666—1724,) 246
  • Hugh Howard, - (—1737,) 246
  • James Parmentier, - (1658—1730,) 247
  • John Vander Vaart, - (1647—1721,) 248
  • Rhodolphus Shmutz - (—— 1715,) 248
  • — Preudhomme, 249
  • Colonel Seymour, 249
  • [charles] Boit, - (— 1726,) 249
  • Lewis Crosse, - (— 1724,) 251
  • Francis Bird. - (1667—1731.) 252
  • Sir John Vanbrugh, - (1666—1726,) 254
  • —roberti, 258
  • —bagotti 258
  • John Croker 258
  • Louis Laguerre, - (1663—1721,) 261
  • Michael Dahl, - (1656—1743,) 264
  • Peter Angelis, - (1685—1734,) 266
  • Antony Russel, - (— 1743,) 267
  • Luke Cradock, - (— 1717,) 267
  • Peter Casteels, - (1684—1749,) 268
  • —d'Agar, 269
  • Charles Jervas, - (1675—1739.) 269
  • Jonathan Richardson - (1665—1745) 273
  • [giuseppe] Grisoni - (— 1769) 277
  • William Aikman - (1682-1731) 278
  • John Alexander, 278
  • Sir James Thornhill, - (1676—1734,) 279
  • Robert Brown 283
  • [antonio] Bellucci, - (1654—1726,) 283
  • Balthazar Denner, - (1685—1747,) 285
  • Francis [paul] Ferg, - (1689—1740,) 286
  • Thomas Gibson, - (1680—1751,) 287
  • [thomas] Hill 287
  • Peter Monamy, - (— 1749,) 287
  • James Van Huysum, 288
  • James Maubert, - (—1746,) 288
  • [antoine] Pesne, - (1683—1757,) 288
  • John Stevens, 288
  • John Smibert, - (— 1751,) 289
  • — Trevett - (— 1723) 290
  • Henry Trench - (— 1726) 290
  • Peter Tillemans - (1684—1734) 290
  • John Vanderbank, - (1694—1739,) 292
  • Samuel Barker, 292
  • Peter Vanbleeck - (—1764,) 292
  • [herman] Vandermijn, - (1684—1741,) 293
  • Enoch Zeeman. - (— 1744.) 294
  • [antoine] Watteau. - (1684—1721,) 295
  • Robert Woodcock, - (1692—1728,) 296
  • Isaac Whood - (1689—1752) 297
  • [isaac] Vogelsang, - (1688—1753,) 297
  • — Zurich, - (— 1735,) 297
  • Christian Richter, - (— 1732) 298
  • Jacques Antoine Arlaud - (1668—1743) 298
  • Mrs. Hoadley, 300
  • Chapter XVIII - Architects and Other Artists in the Reign of George I. 302
  • Nicholas Hawksmoor. - (1667—1736.) 303
  • James Gibbs, - (1683—1754,) *
  • Colin Campbell, 312
  • John James, 312
  • — Carpentiere, 313
  • Charles Christian Reisen, - (1680—1725,) 313
  • Chapter XIX - Painters in the Reign of King George Ii. 316
  • Hans Huyssing, 317
  • Charles Collins 317
  • — Cooper 318
  • Bartholo Mew Dandridge, 318
  • —— Damini, 318
  • Jeremiah Davison, - (— 1745,) 318
  • John Ellis, 318
  • Philip Mercier, - (1689—1760,) 319
  • Joseph Francis Nollekins, - (1702—1747,) 319
  • — Robinson, 320
  • Andréa Soldi, 320
  • Chevalier Rusca, 320
  • Stephen Slaughter - (— 1765,) 321
  • James Worsdale 321
  • Ranelagh Barrett - (— 1768,) 321
  • John Wootton, - (— 1765,) 322
  • Joseph Highmore, - (1692—1780,) 322
  • Thomas Hudson, - (1701—1779,) 323
  • Francis Hayman, - (1708—1776,) 324
  • Samuel Scott, - (—1772,) 325
  • Mr. Taverner, 326
  • George Knapton - (1698—1778) 326
  • Francis Cotes, - (1726—1770,) 327
  • William Oram 327
  • John Shackleton 327
  • Giacomo Amiconi, - (1675—1762,) 327
  • James Seymour - (1702—1752,) 329
  • John Baptist Vanloo, - (1684—1746,) 330
  • Joseph Vanaken. 331
  • — Clermont, 332
  • [antonio] Canaletti, - (1697—1768,) 332
  • — Joli, 333
  • George Lambert, - (— 1765.) 333
  • Thomas Worlidge, - (1700—1766,) 334
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