him we owe the Kit-cat Club, the Beauties at Hampton- court, and have reason to wish that we had the same obligations to him for those at Windsor, and of the Admirals at Hampton-court. He died of the gout, very few years ago, at his house in Bloomsbury. His widow married Mr. Smith, a lawyer.
son of a locksmith, was born at Sheffield in Yorkshire, where he acquired the rudiments of drawing, which, however, were long before they arrived at any perfection. He came to London, and for some time supported himself by graving arms, stamps, ornaments, and cuts for books. 1 The latter gained him an immortality, which with all his succeeding merit he perhaps would have missed, if his happening to engrave the portrait of a Lady Dunce had not introduced him to the remark of Mr. Pope, who describes her
"With flow'rs and fruit by bounteous Kirkall drest."
At length, drawing in the academy, and making some attempts in chiaro-scuro, he discovered a new method of printing, composed of etching, mezzotinto, and wooden stamps, and with these blended arts he formed a style, that has more tints than ancient wooden cuts, resembles drawings, and by the addition of mezzotinto, softens the shades on the outlines, and more insensibly and agreeably melts the impression of the wooden stamps, which give the tincture to the paper and the shades together. He performed several prints in this manner, and did great justice to the drawing and expression of the masters he imitated. This invention, for one may call it so, had much success, much applause, no imitators—I suppose it is too laborious, and too tedious. 2 In an opulent country where there is great facility of getting money, it is seldom got by merit. Our artists are in too much hurry to gain it, to deserve it.____________________