finest prints we have : it is the famous Duchess of Mazarin, 1 1678, sitting in a very loose attire, with one hand on an urn. There is a beautiful portrait of the same duchess in a turban, painted in Italy, at the Duke of St. Alban's, at Windsor. Vertue knew but three more of Valcke's entire works ; Robert, Lord Brooke, done in 1678 ; John, Duke of Lauderdale, in robes of the garter, and an indifferent mezzotinto of Mrs. Davis 2 after Lely. [1678.] [His credit as an engraver was more advanced by his copies from the Flemish masters, probably published before he came to England.]
James, Duke of York, after Lely.
Mary, Duchess of York, after Lely.
Louise, Duchess of Portsmouth.
Sir Thomas Isham, before the in- scription, 17l. 5s.—S.
K. William the Third, crowned, half sheet.
Madam Elinor Gwinn, after Lely, decorating a lamb, 3l. 19s.
It is worthy remark, that Blooteling and Valcke worked together upon several mezzotints, to which their names are affixed without discrimination. We therefore frequently see, in catalogues, plates of the same persons, ascribed to either of them.
of Welsh extraction, was apprentice to Loggan, whose wife obliging him to follow her in livery, he ran away to France, and became a dealer in pictures, by which on his return he made a good fortune. He engraved—
James, Duke of York ; a large head, with flowers round the oval.
Bertram de Ashburnham, for Guil- lim's Heraldry [an imaginary portrait].____________________
[Of this beautiful print three proofs before the letters are known : one in the British Museum, a second sold at Sir M. Sykes's sale for 26l. 5s. now in the collection of Sir Charles Price, Bart. ; and a third, which was in Walpole's possession, and inserted by him in his volume entitled Sevigniana. It is now the property of H. J. Brooke, Esq. The early impressions with the letters are before the embroidered flowers were placed upon the dress. In this state it was sold for 6l. 2s. 6d. at Sir M. Svkes's sale.—W. S.]
Valcke assisted Schenk