had retired, after selling his collection. He left three sons ; the eldest was a clerk in my office at the Exchequer ; the two youngest ingenious painters in miniature.
of the Custom-house, drew and etched many works with great labour. 1 He first made a medley of several things, drawn, written, and painted ; one he presented to Sir Robert Harley, Speaker of the House of Commons, afterwards Earl of Oxford ; it was an imitation of several sorts of prints.
no eminent artist, as appears by his print from Vandyck's Belisarius at Chiswick. If the two fine pictures on this subject are compared, it must not be by setting Scotin's near Mr. Strange's. To weigh the merits of Salvator and Vandyck impartially, Mr. Strange should engrave both ; I mean, to judge how each has delivered the passions, in which decision we should not be diverted by the colouring. Indeed, one would suppose that Vandyck had seen Salvator's performance, and despairing to exceed him in the principal figure, had transferred his art and our attention to the young soldier. Salvator's Belisarius reflects on his own fortune ; Vandyck's warrior moralizes on the instability of glory. One asks one's self which is more touching, to behold how a great man feels adversity, or how a young mind is struck with what may be the catastrophe of ambition ?
of Mortlake, who died in 1718, etched a print of Christ and the Disciples at Emaus, after Titian. 3____________________