poor performance. He had before fallen into disesteem, when he painted in Montague-house, where he was much surpassed by Baptist, Rousseau, and La Fosse. On this ill success he turned to painting small histories ; but his best employment was designing for the painters and engravers of that time ; few books appeared with plates, buy from his drawings. Vanderbank, Vandergutch, 1 Simpson, Kirkall, &c., all made use of him. His drawings are said to be preferable to his paintings. He etched several of his own designs, as the labours of Hercules, which were afterwards retouched with the burin by his disciple, Gerard Vandergutch ; and towards the end of his life Cheron etched from his own drawings a suite of twenty-two small histories for the life of David: they were drawn for, or at least afterwards purchased by, P. F. Giffart, a bookseller at Paris, who applied them to a version of the Psalms in French metre, published in 1715. Some time before his death, Cheron sold his drawings from Raphael, and his academic figures to the Earl of Derby for a large sum. He was a man of fair character, and, dying in 1713 of an apoplexy, left 20l. a-year to his maid, and the rest of his fortune to his relations, and to charitable uses. He was buried from his lodgings in the Piazza, Covent-garden, and lies in the great porch of that church.
one of the best native painters that has flourished in England, whose talents while living were obscured by the fams rather than by the merit of Kneller, and depressed since by being confounded with Lely, an honour unlucky to his reputation. Graham too speaks of him with little justice, saying he had no excellence beyond a head ; which is far from true. I have seen both draperies and hands painted by Riley that would do honour to either Lely or Kneller. The portrait of Lord Keeper North at Wroxton is capital____________________