born in 1632, was deaf and dumb, but compensated part of these misfortunes by a talent for painting, in which he was not unsuccessful. He had learned of Lely, intending it for his profession, but on the death of his elder brother, only continued it for his amusement.
another obscure painter mentioned by Vertue, and a frame- maker too, lived in the Strand, near the Fountain tavern; yet probably was not a very bad performer, as a large piece of fruit painted by him was thought worthy of a place in Sir Peter Lely's collection. Another was in that of King Charles the First. At Lord Dysart's, at Ham-house, are a landscape and two pretty small sea-pieces by Flesshier.
nephew and disciple of Guercino ; and, if that is much merit, resembling him in his works. 3 He imitated his uncle's extravagantly dark shades, caught the roundness of his flesh, but with a disagreeable lividness, and possessed at least as much grace and dignity. He came to England,____________________
Evelyn mentions, (Diary, vol. ii. p. 426,) that in September, 1677, at Euston, Lord Arlington's, " there dined this day at My Lord's one Sir John Gawdy, a very handsome person, but quite dumb, yet very intelligent by signes, and a very fine painter, he was so civil and well bred as it was not possible to discern any imperfection by him. His lady and children were also there."—D.
Walpole's estimation of the works of Guercino is at variance with that of the soundest critics in painting. He was the disciple of nature, and of his own genius; and it must be remembered, that at different periods of his life he practised three, and very distinct manners. His fresco in the cupola of the cathedral at Piacenza has placed him high among the Italian painters.—D.