seeing was conferred a little for his own sake. Reserved, unsociable, ill in his health, and soured by his situation, he sought none of those amusements that make the hours of the happy much happier. If we must except the palace at Hampton-court, at least it is no monument of his taste ; it seems erected in emulation of what it certainly was meant to imitate, the pompous edifices of the French monarch. We are told that
— " Great Nassau to Kneller's hand decreed
To fix him graceful on the bounding steed."
In general I believe his majesty patronized neither painters nor poets, 1 though he was happy in the latter; but the case is different; a great prince may have a Garth, a Prior, a Montagu, and want. Titians and Vandycks, if he encourages neither. You must address yourself to a painter, if you wish to be flattered—a poet brings his incense to you. Mary seems to have had little more propensity to the arts than the king : the good queen loved to work and talk, and contented herself with praying to God that her husband might be a great hero, since he did not choose to be a fond husband. A few men of genius flourished in their time, of whom the chief was
a man lessened by his own reputation as he chose to make it subservient to his fortune. 2 Had he lived in a country where his merit had been rewarded according to the worth of his productions, instead of the number, he might have shone in the roll of the greatest masters; but he united the highest vanity with the most consummate negligence of character—at least, where he offered one picture to fame, he sacrificed twenty to lucre ; and he met with customers of so little judgment, that they were fond of being painted____________________