says that King William pressed him to stay here, but that he declined the offer, in hopes of being appointed first painter to his own monarch. Parmentiere assisted La Fosse in laying the dead colours for him in his works at Montagu- house. La Fosse, who arrived in the reign of James, returned at the Revolution, but came again to finish what he had begun, and went back when he had finished.
lived about this time, and painted in the manner of Verrio, to whom he is said to have been assistant. He painted a staircase at the Lord Tyrconnel's, in Arlington-street, now demolished, and a ceiling at Bulstrode, in both which he placed his own portrait and name. He was master of Mr. Carpenter, the statuary.
of Antwerp, was bred a jeweller, in which profession he became very eminent; but having been well educated and taught to draw, he had a strong bent towards that profession, and employed all his leisure on it, practising miniature, enamel, and oil-colours, both in small and large. Vertue says, he fixed at last wholly on the former; Graham, that he painted in little after the manner of Elsheimer, that he imitated various manners, drew cattle and birds, and painted tombs and bas-reliefs, in imitation of Vergazon, and that he worked some time with Loten, the landscape- painter. This last circumstance is not very probable; for Vertue, who was acquainted with his daughter, gives a very different account of his commencing painter by profession. Having painted some altar-pieces at Antwerp, his business called him to Dunkirk, where he drew a picture for the altar of the English nuns. They were so pleased with it, that they persuaded Keisar to go to England, and gave him letters of recommendation to Lord Melfort, 2 then in favour____________________