a proctor in the Commons, painted landscape for his amusement, but would have made a considerable figure amongst the renowned professors of the art. The Earl of Harcourt and Mr. Fr. Fauquier have each two pictures by him, that might be mistaken for, and are worthy of, Gaspar Poussin.1
was a scholar of Richardson, but painted chiefly in crayons. Like his master, he was well versed in the theory of painting, and had a thorough knowledge of the hands of the good masters, and was concerned with Pond in his various publications. In 1765, Knapton was painter to the Society of Dilettanti, 2 and on the death of Slaughter, was appointed surveyor and keeper of the king's pictures, and died at the____________________
"A Sea-fight, in which Admiral Sandwich met his death," sold for 3 guineas.
"A view of Kirkstall-abbey," for 3 guineas.
"A view of a Church near Boulogne," forguineas.
"A sea-piece, the Lion man-of-war chasing the vessel in which Prince Charles Edward was proceeding to Scotland," forguineas.
"A view of Bristol Cross and Abbey, with figures in the foreground," also forguineas.
"A view of a Church and Gothic Farm, near Marble-hill, belonging to the Countess of Suffolk," forguineas ; and
"A sea-piece, with a view of the Coast," for 4 guineas.—W.]
1 [A landscape with figures, by Taverner, was sold at the Strawberry-hill sale for 5l. 10s.—W.]
"Taverner and G. Lambert are said by Walpole to have equalled Gaspar Poussin. Enough is known of the performances of both, to prove that the age which applauded them was ignorant of the subject. The first-mentioned of these artists practised a pasticcio manner from the Italian school ; and the other was an admired scene-painter at Covent-garden theatre. Genuine Italian landscapes were seldom seen in England a century ago ; but many inferior copies of them, which alone were studied by the English students. It can be therefore readily supposed that men such as Taverner, Lambert, and some others, now forgotten, might occasionally have produced original works, at least equal to those spurious examples. A power of imitating happily, considerable practice, and a ready execution, might have enabled them to produce pictures from their natural talent even superior to the Italian copies, and exhibiting a creditable proof of original genius. Their works, which may confirm this opinion, are still to be seen in the country houses of the nobility and gentry." Anonym. -D.