PAINTERS AND OTHER ARTISTS IN THE REIGN OF QUEEN ANNE.
THE reign of Anne, so illustrated by heroes, poets, and authors, was not equally fortunate in artists. Except Kneller, scarce a painter of note. Westminster-abbey testifies there were no eminent statuaries. One man there was who disgraced this period by his architecture as much as he enlivened it by his wit. Formed to please both Augustus and an Egyptian monarch, who thought nothing preserved fame like a solid mass of stone, he produced the Relapse and Blenheim! Party, that sharpened the genius of the age, dishonoured it too—a halfpenny print of Sacheverel would have been preferred to a sketch of Raphael. Lord Sunderland and Lord Oxford collected books; the Duke of Devonshire and Lord Pembroke, pictures, 1 medals, statues : the performers of the time had little pretensions to be admitted into such cabinets. The period indeed was short. I shall give an account of what I find in Vertue's notes.
was brought from Venice in this reign by the Duke of Manchester, for whom he painted a staircase in Arlington- street, now destroyed. He performed several works of this kind for the Duke of Portland and Lord Burlington, a saloon, staircase, and ceilings at Castle Howard, the staircase at Kimbolton, and a hall at Sir Andrew Fountain's, at Narford in Norfolk. He made several designs for painting the dome of St. Paul's, and was paid for them, though they were not executed, and was chosen one of the directors of____________________