rior to Johnson in the firmness of his countenance, though less universal, as Johnson was equally great in some tragic characters. In Bishop Gardiner he supported the insolent dignity of a persecutor ; and, completely a priest, shifted it in an instant to the fawning insincerity of a slave, as soon as Henry frowned. This was indeed history, when Shakespeare wrote it, and Johnson represented it. When we read it in fictitious harangues and wordy declamation, it is a tale told by a pedant to a schoolboy. Vanbleeck died July 20, 1764.
another Dutch painter, came over recommended by Lord Cadogan, the general, and in his manner carried to excess the laborious minuteness of his countrymen; faithfully imitating the details of lace, embroidery, fringes, and even the threads of stockings. Yet even this accuracy in artificial trifles, which is often praised by the people as natural, nor the protection of the court, could establish his reputation as a good master ; though perhaps the time he wasted on his works, in which at least he was the reverse of his slatternly cotemporaries, prevented his enriching himself as they did. In history he is said to have had greater merit. He was more fortunate in receiving 500l. for repairing the paintings at Burleigh. The Prince of Orange sat to him, and he succeeded so well in the likeness, that the late Prince of Wales not only sent for him to draw his picture, but prevailed on his sister, the Princess of Orange, to draw Vandermijn's ; for her royal highness, as well as Princess Caroline, both honoured the art by their performances in crayons. This singular distinction was not the only one Vandermijn received; George the First, and the late king and queen, then prince and princess, answered for his son, a hopeful lad, who was lost at the age of sixteen, by the breaking of the ice as he was skating at Marybone, at the____________________