P.R.A. This distinguished painter was born at Plympton, in Devonshire July 16, 1723, and died, February 23, 1792; aged 69. No master since the time of those great masters whom he made his Constant study, Titian, Rembrandt, and vandycke, has equalled him in colour; his chiaroscuro was very powerful, his method rapid, and many of his best pictures are highly finished. His talents and quick genius smoothed his way to affluence and fame, and his knowledge and ability made him the friend of all the enlightened men of the day. Johnson and Burke were the Constant companions of his table. His funeral was honoured by the attendance of most of the principal nobility and gentry of land, and the shops in London were shut as a Mark of respect to such a talented individual. His portraits are hardly to be surpassed, for in them he united the grace and sweetness of Correggio, the colouring of Titian, and the delicacy of vandycke. The late Sir Thomas Lawrence considered this one of his finest specimens, and almost the only one of the size wherein the secondary pArts were entirely by his own hand; and he desired much to possess it. Sir Robert Peel gave 3000 guineas for one of his pictures. [Pp. 27-28.]
A Descriptive Catalogue of the Paintings, by the Ancient Masters, including Specimens of the First Class, by the Italian, Venetian, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, French, and English Schools, open at the American Academy, Barclay Street. Admittance (catalogues included) $.50. Season Tickets $1.00. Family Ticket for the season, admitting four, $5.00. New-York: Printed by W. Mitchell, 265 Bowery. 1832.
Artist professional affiliation: Royal Academy; Royal Academician.