[He likewise engraved a large head of Charles Louis, Prince Palatine, the elder brother of Prince Rupert, 1656. His own portrait; that of his wife ; of his father. Froben, the printer, after Holbein. Netscher, Vandyck, and some subjects from eminent masters.] 1
" Non solum de his omnibus conscripsit artibus ; sed amplius rei rusticæ et militaris etiam, et medicinæ præscripta reliquit ; dignus vel ipso proposito, ut eum scisse omnia illa credamus."—QUINTILIAN.
If Mr. Evelyn had not been an artist himself, as I think I can prove, I should yet have found it difficult to deny myself the pleasure of allotting him a place among the arts he loved, promoted, patronised ; and it would be but justice to inscribe his name with due panegyric in these records, as I have once or twice taken the liberty to criticize him. But they are trifling blemishes compared with his amiable virtues and beneficence ; and it may be remarked that the worst I have said of him is, that he knew more than he always communicated. It is no unwelcome satire, to say that a man's intelligence and philosophy is inexhaustible. I mean not to write his life, which may be found detailed in the new edition of his Sculptura, in Collins's Baronetage, in the General Dictionary, and in the New Biographical Dictionary, 2 but I must observe that his life, which was extended to eighty-six years, was a course of inquiry, study, curiosity, instruction, and benevolence. The works of the Creator, and the mimic labours of the creature, were all objects of his pursuit. He unfolded the perfection of the one, and assisted the imperfections of the other. He adored from examination ; was a courtier that flattered only by informing his prince, and by pointing out what was____________________
[Vaillant also etched a few plates in a very masterly style, principally portraits. One of the best of them is a large folio portrait of Charles Louis, Count l'alatine.—W.S.]