into debt and was arrested. He sued in vain to the king for delivery; his countrymen freed him by a contribution. Sir William Soames, being sent ambassador to Constantinople by James II., Vosterman accompanied him, intending to paint the delights of that situation; but Sir William dying on the road, it is not certain what became of the painter. It is said that before his departure from England he had been invited to Poland by his old patron the Marquis de Bethune, and probably went thither on the death of the ambassador. 1
was born at Amsterdam, and bred under Dodaens, an historic painter of the Hague, from whence Wissing passed into France, contracted the furbelowed style of that country and age, and came into England, where at least he learned it in its perfection from Sir Peter Lely, for whom he worked, and after whose death he grew into fashion. He drew all the royal family, and particularly the Duke of Monmouth, several times, which ingratiated him with the king and the ladies. Sir Godfrey Kneller, then the rising genius, was a formidable rival, but death put an end to the contest in the thirty-first year of Wissing's age, who deceased at Burleigh, the Lord Exeter's, in 1687. 2 He was buried at the expense____________________
Descamps observes of him, (tom. iii. p. 169,) "Il passa par la Hollande à l'Angleterre, on ne pût l'arrêter nulle part." At Castle Donnington is " Moses found," by Mile.—D.