De Concessione ad Vitam Francisco Cleyne. 2
A.D. 1625. 1. Car. 1mi.
CHARLES by the grace of God, &c.
To all, to whome theis presents shall come, Greeting :
Knowe yee that wee, for certeyne good causes and considerations us hereunto moving, of our especiall grace, certeyne knowledge and meere motion, have given and granted, and by theis presents for us our heires and successors, doe give and graunte unto our trustie and welbeloved Francis Cleyne, a certeine annuitie or pension of one hundred poundes by the year, to have hold and enjoy the said annuitie or pension of one hundred poundes of lawfull money of England by the yeare, to the said Francis Cleyne, from the feast of the blessed Virgin last past before the date hereof, for and during the terme of his naturall life, to be perceived and received by him the said Francis Cleyne or his assignes, out of the treasure of us our heires and successors, at the receipt of the exchequer of us our heires and successors, by the handes of the treasurer, undertreasurer and chamberlaynes of us our heires and successors there from tyme to tyme being, at the fower usual feastes or texmes of the yeare, that is to say, at the feastes of the Nativitie of St. John Baptist, St. Michaell the Archangell, the Byrth of our Lord God, and the anunciation of the blessed Virgin Mary, by even and equal portions to be paied,
Although expresse mention, &c.
In witnes, &c.
Witnes our selfe at Westminster the fourth day of June.
Per Breve de Privato Siqillo.
The following slight notices relating to Artists who have worked for the English; but came not to England, or who are cursorily mentioned to have been here, are extracted from Descamps.
HUBERT JACOBS, of Delft, painted portraits of several English : and it is pretended that, to satisfy their natural impatience, he formed a hasty manner that prejudiced his works and reputation. Vol. ii. p. 36.
John David de Heem, of Utrecht, a celebrated painter of flowers, had sold a capital piece to Vander Meer, another painter, for 2000 florins. Vander Meer being plundered by some troops, had no resource but in presenting that curiosity to King William, having inserted the monarch's head in the garland. The King brought it to England, having bestowed a lucrative employment on the donor. Vol. ii.-p. 39.
Henry Pot, of Harlem, drew the portraits of the King and Queen of England, and of the principal nobility—at what time is not specified; probably they were Charles II. and his mother, &c during their exile. Vol. ii. p. 43.
John Lievens, born at Leyden in 1607, was an admired painter of portraits. The Prince of Orange presented to the English ambassador (who gave it to the King) the picture of a student sitting by the fire, which pleased so much that Lievens came to England on the credit of it, drew most of the royal family and many of the nobility, though then but twenty- four (it was in 1630), and staid here three years. This is all the account I find of this painter in England, nor do I know any of his works here;____________________