May 25, 1743. These particularities are extracted from the poems of Mons. de Bar, printed at Amsterdam in three volumes, 1750. In the third volume is an ode on the Leda in question. Vertue speaks incidentally of the noise this picture made in London, but says nothing of the extravagant price of the copy. The Duchess of Montague has a head of her father when young, and another of her grandfather, the great Duke of Marlborough, both in water- colours by Arlaud. 1 The celebrated Count Hamilton wrote a little poem to him on his portrait of the Pretender's sister. 2 See his Works, vol. iv. p. 279.
whose maiden name was Sarah Curtis, was disciple of Mrs. Beal, and a paintress of portraits by profession, when she was so happy as to become the wife of that great and good man, Dr. Hoadley, afterwards Bishop of Winchester. 3 From that time she only practised the art for her amusement; though if we may judge of her talents by the print from her portrait of Whiston, the art lost as much as she gained ; but ostentation was below the simplicity of character that ennobled that excellent family. She died in 1743. In the library at Chatsworth, in a collection of poems, is one addressed by a lady to Mrs. Sarah Hoadley on her excellent painting.
A SINGLE century had effected a decline in the Art of Painting in this country, which can be truly ascertained by comparison only, —in History, from Rubens to Thornhill ; in Portrait, from Vandyck to Jervas.
The cause cannot be fairly attributed to the want of competent reward, for sums of money were paid for allegories upon ceilings and staircases, and for
-" Mais si l'art avoit la puissance
De faire aller la ressemblance,
Aussi loin qu'elle peut aller ;
Il faut exprimer ses graces dans la danse,
Il faudroit la faire parler."—D.