he died at Norton 1 in Suffolk, December 5, 1734, at about the fiftieth year of his age.
a painter much in fashion in the reigns of the two last kings, is said by Vertue to be an Englishman, (though by his name at least of foreign extraction,) and to have attained his skill without any assistance from study abroad. Had he not been careless and extravagant, says my author, he might have made a greater figure than almost any painter this nation has produced; so bold and free was his pencil, and so masterly his drawing. 2 He died of a consumption when he was not above forty-five, in Hollis-street, Cavendish-square, December 23, 1739. John Vanderbank gave the designs of a set of plates for Don Quixote. He had a brother of the same profession, and a cousin called
whom he instructed in the art, but who, having a talent for painting fruit and flowers, imitated Baptist, and would probably have made a good master, but died young in 1727.
came into England in 1723, and was reckoned a good painter of portraits. There is a fine mezzotinto, done in the following reign, from a picture which he painted of those excellent comedians, Johnson and Griffin, in the characters of Ananias and Tribulation, in the " Alchymist." I have mentioned Johnson in this work before, as the most natural actor I ever saw. Griffin's eye and tone were a little too comic, and betrayed his inward mirth, though his muscles were strictly steady. Mr. Weston is not infe-____________________