a gentleman of Yorkshire, had a turn to most of the beautiful arts. 1 He painted, designed and etched; 2 Vertue had heard that he learned the latter of Hollar, and has preserved a letter that he received from Mr. Place, in answer to his inquiries into that fact, and about Hollar himself, of whom he relates on his own knowledge many particulars which Vertue has inserted in his life of that artist ; but denies his having been instructed by him. Mr. Place was a younger son of Mr. Rowland Place of Dinsdale, in the county of Durham, and was placed as clerk to an attorney in London, where he continued till 1665, in which year going into a shop, the officers came to shut up the house, on its having the plague in it. This occasioned his____________________
One of his best mezzotints was of his friend Sir Ralph Cole, a painter. (See vol. ii. p. 237.) He was particularly successful in practising the new invention of mezzotinto.—D.