himself, but Vertue owns that Sir Godfrey deserved the preference for likeness, grace, and colouring. Queen Anne sat to him, and Prince George was much his patron.
Virtuous and esteemed, easy in his circumstances and fortunate in his health, Dahl 1 reached the long term of eighty-seven years, and dying October 20, 1743, was buried in St. James's-church. He left two daughters, and about three years before lost his only son, who was a very inferior painter, called the younger Dahl, but of whose life I find no particulars among Vertue's collections
worked in a very different style from the two preceding painters, executing nothing but conversations and landscapes with small figures, which he was fond of enriching with representations of fruit and fish. His manner was a mixture of Teniers and Watteau, with more grace than the former, more nature than the latter. His pencil was easy, bright, and flowing, but his colouring too faint and nerveless. He afterwards adopted the habits of Rubens and Vandyck, more picturesque indeed, but not so proper to improve his productions in what their chief beauty consisted, familiar life. He was born at Dunkirk, in 1685, and visiting Flanders and Germany in the course of his studies, made the longest stay at Dusseldorp, enchanted with the treasures of painting in that city. He came to England about the year 1712, and soon became a favourite painter ; but in the year 1728, he set out for Italy, 2 where he spent three years. At Rome his pictures pleased extremely, but being of a reserved temper, and not ostentatious of his merit, he disgusted several by the reluctance with which he exhibited his works : his studious and sober____________________
A miniature portrait of himself. Bought by Charles Dearie, Esq. for 2l. 2s.; and an oval portrait of Catherine Sedley, Countess of Dorchester, mistress of James II., and mother of the Duchess of Buckingham. Bought by Lord Charles Townsend, for 56 guineas.—W.]