the son of a French painter, and himself born in France, came young into England, and rose to great business, though upon a very slender stock of merit. He was violently afflicted with the gout and stone, and died in May, 1723, at the age of fifty-four. He left a son whom he bred to his own profession. 2
No painter of so much eminence as Jervas is taken so little notice of by Vertue in his memorandums, who neither specifies the family, birth, nor death of this artist. The latter happened at his house 4 in Cleveland-court, in 1739. One____________________
He was the eldest son of the celebrated Gaspard Netscher, and his most able pupil, excelling, like him, in small portrait disposed in family groups. Leaving Holland, he was much encouraged at the court of Louis XIV. ; but in 1715, the States of Holland having sent over six thousand men to the aid of George I., he obtained the office of their treasurer.
His great patron was Sir Matthew Dekker, a London merchant, of Dutch birth. By him Netscher was introduced to the royal notice, was favoured by the Prince of Wales (George II.); and was employed by the nobility to paint small family groups, inferior, but not greatly so, to those of his father. In 1722, he returned to Holland, and lived splendidly upon the fruits of his art, acquired in this country. His original friend, Sir Matthew Dekker, visiting Holland in 1727, endeavoured to persuade him to settle again in England, but without success. He died in 1732.—D.
[Theodore Netscher was born at Bordeaux in 1661, and died at Hulst, in Holland, in 1732. See an account of him in Van Gool's Nieuwe Schouburg, from which Descamps' notice is taken.—W.]