Somerset who had employed Riley. He painted the duke's children, but lost his favour on a dispute about a picture of Guercino which he had bought for his grace, and which was afterwards purchased by Lord Halifax ; and on which occasion the duke patronized Dahl. Closterman, however, did not want business. He drew Gibbons, the carver, and his wife in one piece, 1 which pleased, and Closterman was even set in competition with Sir Godfrey. He painted the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and all their children in one picture, and the duke on horseback, on which subject, however, he had so many disputes with the duchess, that the duke said, " It has given me more trouble to reconcile my wife and you, than to fight a battle." Closterman, who sought reputation, went to Spain, where he drew the king and queen, and from whence he wrote several letters on the pictures in that country to Mr. Richard Graham. He also went twice to Italy, and brought over several good pictures. The whole-length of Queen Anne at Guildhall is by him, and another at Chatsworth of the first Duke of Rutland, and in Painters'-hall a portrait of Mr. Saunders. Elsum has bestowed an epigram on his portrait of Dryden; yet Closterman was a very moderate performer, his colouring strong, but heavy, and his pictures without any idea of grace. Latterly he married a woman who wasted his fortune and disordered his understanding. He died sometime after 1710, and was buried in Covent- garden, where he lived.
of Antwerp, was bred a jeweller, but took to painting history, which he practised in England, and died here about 1699, leaving a daughter whom he had brought up to his art.
a Dutch painter of landscapes and battles, was in England in this reign, and painted the battle of the Boyne for the____________________