"Then marble, soften'd into life, grew warm,
And yielding metal flowed to human form." POPE.—D.
the best sculptor that has appeared in these islands since Le Sœur, was born at Antwerp. His father 2 was a landscape-painter, and had been in England, but quitted it with Largilliere and went to Paris, where he married, and returning to Brussels and Antwerp, died at the latter in 1726, at the age of fourscore. Michael his son arrived here in 1720, then about the age of twenty-six, and began by modelling small figures in clay, to show his skill. The Earl of Nottingham sat to him for his bust, in which the artist succeeded so well, that he began to be employed on large works, particularly monuments. For some time he was engaged by Gibbs, who was sensible of the young man's merit, but turned it to his own account, contracting for the figures with the persons who bespoke the tombs, and gaining the chief benefit from the execution. Thus, Gibbs received 100l. a-piece from Lord Oxford for the statues on Prior's monument, yet paid Rysbrach but 35l. each. The statuary, though no vain man, felt his own merit, and shook off his dependence on the architect, as he became more known and more admired. Business crowded upon him, and for many____________________