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generally allowed, that few, if any, of friends, chiefly with a view of feeing the profession, at that time, were so the gallery of pictures belonging to thorough masters of that excellent, but the Elector Palatine at Duffeldorp; intricate fyítem. In 1716, he married collected by Rubens, and supposed Miss Susanna Hiller, daughter and the best in Europe. At Antwerp also heiress of Mr. Anthony Hiller, of Ef. he had peculiar pleasure in contem. fingham in Surrey; a young lady in plating the works of his favourite malevery respect worthy of his choice. In their return they vifited the For Mr. Cheseiden's “ Anatomy of principal towns in Holland. In 1734 the Human Body," publised in 1722 g he made a like excursion, but alone, to he made drawings from the real sub Paris, where he received great civilijects at the time of diffe&tion, two of ties from his countrymen then there, which were engraved for that work, particularly the Duke of Kingston, and appear, but without his name, in Dr.Hickman (his tutor,) Rob.Knight, Tables xii and xiii. In the same year, Efq. (the late cashier ), &c. Here on the exhibition of The Conscious he had the satisfaction of being shewn, Lovers, writien by Sir Richard Steele, by Cardinal de Polignac, bis famous Mr. Highmore addressed a letter to group of antique statues, the court of the author on the limits of filial obe.
Lycomedes, then just brought from dience, pointing out a material defe&t Rome, and lince purchased by the in the character of Bevil, with that King of Prussia, and deftroyed at Charclearners and precision for which, in lottenbourg, in 1760, by the Ruffians, conversation and writing, he was In 1742 he had the honour to paint the always remarkable, as the pencil by late Prince and Princess of Wales, no means engrossed his whole attention. for the Duke of Saxe Gotha; as he This he allowed to be published, for did, fome years after, the late Queen the first time, in the Gent. Magazine of Denmark for that court. for 1762, p. 404. His reputation and lication of Pamela, in 1744, gave rise business increasing, he took a to a set of paintings by Mr. Highconspicuous station, by removing to a more, which were engraved by two house in Lincoln's Inn Fields, in French engravers, and published by March 1723-4; and an opportunity subscription in 1745. In the same foon offered of introducing him advan year he painted the only original of tageously to the nobility, &c. by his the late Gen. Wolfe, then about 18. being desired, by Mr. Pine the en. His Pamela introduced him to the acgraver, to make the drawings for his quaintance and friendship of the exprints of the Knights of the Bath, cellent author, whose picture he drew, on the revival of that order, in 1725. and for whom he painted the only oriIn consequence, several of the knighis ginal of Dr. Young. In 1750 he had had their portraits also by the same the great misfortune to lose his excel. hand, some of them whoie lengths ; lent wife. On the first inftitution of and the Duke of Richmond, in parti the Academy of Painting, Sculpture, cular, was attended by his three &c. in 1753, he was elected one of the Esquires, with a perspective view of Professors ; an honour, which, on acKing Henry the 'VIIth's Chapel. count of his many avocations, he de. This capital picture is now at God fired to decline. In 1754 he pubwood. And our artist was sent for lithed " A critical Examination of to St. James's, by King George I. those two Paintings [by Rubens) to draw the late Duke of Cumberland, on the Cieling of the Banquetingfrom which Smith scraped a me220 House at Whitehall, in which Architinto.
tecture is introduced, so far as relates In 1728 Mr. Hawkins Browne, then
to perspective ; together with the Difof Lincoln's Inn, who had ever a just cussion of a Question which has been sense of his talents and abilities, address the Subject of Debate among Pained to him a poetical«piftle “ on Design ters :" printed in 4to. for Nourse. In and Beauty ;" and, fome years after, the solution of this question he proved an elegant Latin Ode, both now col that Rubens, and several other great lected in his poenis. (See the latter, painters, were mistaken in the practice, with a translation, in the Gent. Mag. and Mr. Kirby, and several other aufor 1768, p. 392.) In the summer of thors, in the theory. And in the 1732, Mr. Highmore vilited the con XVIIIth vol. of the Monthly Re. tinent, il company with Dr. Pember view, (printed in 1758, p. 66,) he ani. ton, Mr. Benj. Robins, and two other madverted ( anonymoully) on Mr.
Kirby's unwarrantable treatment of in one vol. 4to. This not only evinced Mr. Ware, and detected and exposed his scientific knowledge of the subject, his errors, even when he exults in his but removed, by its perspicuity, the own superior Science. Of the many por only objection that can be inade to the 'traits which Mr. Highmore painted, fyftem of Dr. Taylor. It accordingly in a large practice of 46 years, (of which received, from his friends and the inSeveral have been engraved,) it is im telligent public, the applauses it depossible and useless to discuss particu served. In 1765 he published (with. lars. Some of the most capital in the out his name) “ Observations on a historical branch, which was then Pamphlet entitled, • Chriftianity not much less cultivated than it is at pre founded on Argument' (hy Dodwell];" fent, hall only be mentioned, viz. in which, after thewing that it is a conHafar and Ihmael, a present to the tinued irony, and Jamenting that ro Foundling Hofpital: The good Sama ample a field should be offered the aurilan, painted for Mr. Shepherd, of thor of it for the display of his sophisCampley Ah: The finding of Mofes, try, he gives up creeds, articles, and purchased at his sale by Col. (now catechisms, as out-works raised by Gen.) Lifter: The Harlowe Family, fallible, men, and confining himself to as described in Clarissa, now in the por the defence of the gospel, or citadel, Jession of Thomas Walkinson Payler, Dhews, that pure primitive chriftianity, Esq; at Ileden in Kent: Clarifa, the though assaulted by infidels, will ever portrait mentioned in that work : Tbe remain impregnable. His opinion of Graces unveiling Nature, drawn by Rubens may be seen in the Gent. Mag. memory from Rubens : Tbe Clemen
for 1966, p. 353, under the title of tina of Grandison, and the Queen-mo “ Remarks on lome Passages in Mr. Iber oj Edward IV. wirb ber younger Webb's Enquiry into the Beauties Sor, &c. in Wejiminfier. Abbey : the of Painting,' &c.'
In the same year three last in the poslession of his lon. he publithed, with only his initials,
In 1761, on the marriage of his J. H.” (wo small volumes of “ Er daughter to the Rev. Mr. Duncombe, says, moral, religious, and miscella. fon to one of his oldest friends, he took neous ; with a Translation in Prose of a resolution of retiring from business, Mr. Browne's Latin Potm on the and disposing of his collection of pic. Immortality of the Soul,” selected tures, which he did by auction, in from a larger number written at his March, 1762, and soon after removed Jeisure, at different periods of life. to his son in-law's at Canterbury, “ As such," says Dr. Hawkesworth where he passed the remainder of his (in his Review of them, vol. xxxvi. p. life, without ever revisiting the metro 238), " they do the author great cre. polis. But though he had laid down dit. They are not excursions of fan. the pencil, he never wanted employ cy, but efforts of thought, and indubia ment : fo active and vigorous was his táble indications of a vigorous and ac. mind, that, with a conttitutional Aow tive mind." In the Gent. Mag. for of fpirits, and a relish for instructive
1769, p. 287, he communicated “ A Society, he was never less alone iban narural and obvious Manner of conwhen alone ; and, besides his profer Atructing sun dials, deduced from the fional pursuits (abovementioned), to forvation and motion of the earth with philosophy, both natural and moral, respect to the sun," explained by a and allo divinity, he laudably dedi scheme. And in that for 1778, p. cated his time and attention. No man 526, his remarks on colouring, lughad more clearness and precision of gested by way of a note on the “ }. ideas, or a more ardent desire to know pittle to an eminent Painter," will the truth; and, when known, conscien shew that his talents were by no means tiously to pursue it. With itrong para impaired at the age of 86. Indeed, he Gons, ever guided by the Itoictelt vir. retained them to the last, and had tue, he had a tender, susceptible heart, even itrength and spirit fufficient to always open to the distreries of his fel. enable him to ride out daily on horselow.creatures, and always ready to re back, the summer before he died. A lieve them. His capital work of the strong conftitution, habitual tempe. litera y kind was his “ Practice of
rance, and constant attention to hig Perspe&ive, on the Principles of Dr. health in youth as well as in age, pro. Brook Taylor," &c. written many longed his life, and preserved his fa. years before, but not published till culties to his 88th year, when he gra3763, when it was printed for Nourse, dually ceased to breathe ; and, as it
were, fell asleep, on March 3, 1780. tower of St. Magnus' church, with He was jaterred in the South idle of its pyramids at the corners. Beyond Canterbury Cathedral *, leaving one the bridge, along Watling-ftreet, walk fon, Anthony, educated in his own men in black gowns, three and three ; profeffion; and a daughter, Susanna, then nine Aldermen, three and three, in mentioned above.
red gowns and chains, preceded by the His abilities as a painter appear in his Lord Mayor in his gown, and the works, which will not only be admired Sword-bearer : before these go 12 by his contemporaries, but by their po clergymen in black gowns, following sterity ; as his tints, like those of Ru 12 bishops in lawn sleeves, with the bens and Vandyck, instead of being Archbishop at their head, holding his impaired, are improved by time, which cap in his hand, and preceded by nine fome of them have now withstood noblemen, fome in black, others in red above fixty years. His idea of beauty, doublets, who are preceded by 12 la. when he indulged his fancy, was of dies in black and red gowns, with ftiff the highest kind; and his knowledge ruffs, five pages walking before of perspective gave him great advan. them in cloaks. These are now artages in family-pieces, of which he rived at the West door of St. Paul's painted more than any one of his time. Cathedral, under which is the King He could take a likeness by memory in a red doublet, trimmed with ermine, as well as by a fitting, as appears by the crown on his head. On one side bis picture of the Duke of Lorrain the door stands a page lifting up a (the late Emperor), which Faber en. scroll in his right hand, his cap in his graved ; and those of King George II. left, and opposite to him a little girl (in York Assembly-room); Queen full drest in a ruff, &c. On the left, just Caroline, the two Miss Gunnings,
&c. without the gate, stands a Bishop, proLike many other great painters, he bably the Bishop of London, who had “ a Poet for his Friend," in the seems to have given way to the King. late Mr. Browne; to which may Over the gate this inscription in Ro. be added a poem addressed to him man capitals : $4 years ago, by another friend, still
- Behold the King cometh with great living, which the reader will find in
joy." our poetical department,
Twenty churches appear in the city ;
and on the river side we see Baynard's Description of a Painting on Board, of
Castle and the Tower : the latter a ebe Time of James I.
square fort, surrounded by an embat. THE painting is on two leaves
tled wall, with round towers in the of wood, made to shut together
corners, a gate to the water, and in the like the ancient altar-pieces. Each
center of the South side a large buildleaf or flap is 4 feet 2 inches to the
ing as the Tower of Babel is commonly point of the pediment, by 3 feet 4
represented, with a lofty cross on it. inches. On the outside of the right
In the Borough are five churches behand leaf is a view of London, South
fides St. Saviour's; that in the left wark, and the river. Among 5 churches corner has a lofty steeple, seemingly on the Surrey.fide, St. Saviour's is the
round, surmounted by a small spire. moft distinguished, and before it ap The Thames is covere dwith ships, who pears the Bishop of Winchetter's pa.
have the union flag. The hills aplace, out of which the procession here
pear beyond London, and one very after to be mentioned proceeds. Un
high to the right. From the sky proder the gates of this palace are two ceed these two lines in capitals : men in gowns and white fleeves. The trumpeters come out before them, pre
“ For thy temple's fake I will wirke
thee all prosperity. ceded by a number of men in black
“ Many good things are done in thee, gowns with white Neeves, who advance after another numerous train over
Oihou fayre citie.” London-bridge, which appears fided
Round the black frame of this leaf is, by houses, and croft by a gate with a
written in gold capitals :
16 And when it came into the pointed pediment, surmounted by a cross. On the right hand of this is
Kinge's minde to renew the house thrown by the perspective the heavy
of the Lord, he assembled the
Priests and the Levites, and said • " A Thought at his Grave" was in.
unto them, Go into the cities of forted in our last, p. 844.
Judah, and gather of all Israel