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Some Account of Antonio Verrio, an Italian Painter. From Mr. Walpole's
Anecdotes of Painting. .
HARLES II. having a mind to of this work, and as it is remember
revive the manufactory of tape- ed what Annibal Caracci received stry at Mortlack, which had been for his glorious labour in the Farinterrupted by the civil war, sent for nese palace at Rome, it will not perVerrio, a Neopolitan, to England; haps be thought tedious if I let but changing his purpose, consigned down this account. over Windsor to his pencil. The † An account of monies paid for king was induced to this by seeing painting done in Windfor-cattle some of his paintings at lord Arling- for his majesty, by Signior Verrio, ton's, at the end of St. James's fince July 1676. I. s. d. park, where at present stands Buck- King's guard-chamber 300 O O ingham-house. The first picture King's presence chamber 2000 O Verrio drew for the king was his ma- Privie-chamber - 200 OO jesty in naval triumph, now in the Queen's drawing-room 2500 public dining-room in the castle. Queen's bed chamber 100 OO He executed most of the cielings King's great bed.chamber 120 0 O there, one whole fide of St. George's King's little bed-chamber 50 OO hall, and the chapel. On the ciel- King's drawing-room 2500 ing of the former he has pi&ured King's cloffet
5000 Antony earl of Shaftsbury, in the King's eating-room 250 OO character of Faction, disperling libels; Queen's long gallery 250 00 as in another place he revenged a Queen's chapel - 110 OO private quariel with the house-keep- King's privie back-stairs 100 0 0 er, Mrs. Marriot, by borrowing her The king's gratuity 2000 O ugly face for one of the furies. With The king's carved stairs 150 0 O ftill greater impropriety he has in- The Queen's privie-chamber200 O O troduced himself, Sir Godfrey Knel- King's guard chamber-stairs200 O O ler, and Bap. May, surveyor of the Queen's presence-chamber 200 O O works, in long perukes, as spectators Queen's great stairs - 200 OO of Christ healing the sick. He is Queen's guard-chamber 200 recorded as operator of all these Privie-gallery - 200 O O gaudy works in a large infcription Courtyard - - 200 OO over the tribune at the end of the Pension at Midlum. 1680 100 0 O hall.
A gratitude of 200 guineas 215 8 4 The king paid him generously. Penfion at Christmas, 1680 100 0 0 Vertue met with a memorandum of Pension at Midsum. 1681 100 0 0 monies he had received for his per. The King's chapel - 900 OO formances * at Windsor: As the Over-work in the chapel 150,00 comparison of prices in different ages may be one of the most useful parts
* St. George's-hall is not fpecified; I suppose it was done afterwards. # Copied, says Vertue, from a half Meet of paper, fairly writ in a hand of the time.
On the back of this paper. Yes, sir, replied be, but that was His majesty's gift, a gold
soon paid away, and I have no gold chain ,
200 o O left. At that cate, said the king, More by the duke of Albe
you would spend inore than I do, to · marle for a cieling - 60 o @ maintain my family. True, answerMore my lord of Eflex - 40 00 ed Verrio, but does your majesty More from Mr. Montague
keep open table as I do? of London - 800 OO The Revolution was by no means More of Mr. Montague of
agreeable to Verrio's religion or Woodcutt - 1300 O O principles. He quitted his place,
and even refuted to work for king In all — 6845 84 William. From that time he was The king's bounty did not stop for some years employed at the lord here; Verrio had a place of master- Exeter's at Burleigh, and afterwards gardener, and a lodging at the end at Chatsworth. At "he former he of the park, now Carelton-house. painted several chambers, which are He was expensive, and kept a great reckoned among his best works. He table, and often pressed the king for has placed his own portrait in the money with a freedom which his ma- room where he represented the hisjesty's own frankness indulged. Once tory of Mars and Venus; and for at Hampton-Court, when he had but the Bacchus bestriding a hogMead, lately received an advance of a thou. he has, according to his usual liberfand pounds, he found the king in ty *, borrowed the countenance of such a circle that he could not ap- a dean t, with whom he was at vaproach. He called out, Sire, I de riance. At last; by persuasion of fire the favour of speaking to your lord Exeter, he condescended to majesty. Well, Verrio, said the serve king William, and was sent to king, what is your request ? Money, Hampton-Court, where among o. Sir, I am so fort in cash, that I am ther things he painted the great not able to pay my workmen ; and stair-case, and as ill, as if he had your majesty and I have learned by spoiled it out of principle. His eyes experience, that pedlers and painters failing him, queen Anne gave him a cannot give credit long. The king pension of two hundred a year for siniled, and said he had but lately life, but he did not enjoy it long, dyordered him a thousand pounds. ing at Hampton-Court in 1707.
DESCRIPTION of the City of PARIS.
D ARIS, in Latin Lutetiæ, Pari. This is a very large, populous, and 1 fiorum, or Parisium, a city in ftately city, built of a circular form, the middle of the government of the about two French leagues in diameise of France, both its capital, and ter, and fix in circuit, including the also that of the whole kingdom. It fuburbs. lies in a spacious plain on the Seine. It is reckoned to contain 912
* It was more excusable, that when his patron obliged him to insert a pope, in a pro• ceffion not very honourable to the Romih religion, he added the portrait of the archbishop of Canterbury then living.
streets great and small, and upwards ther subdivided into twenty quartiers, of 20,000 houses, besides religious or wards. fructures, colleges, halls, and Mops; Paris is the see of an archbishop, the 52 parishes, 56 monasteries inhabit- seat of the principal parliament of ed by friars, 78 by nuns, 14000 the kingdom, and other chief courts. coaches, and about 400,000 inhabi. There is an univerty and fifty-four tants: These consume annually a- colleges, but in only ten of these are bove 100,000 muids of corn, each public exercises performed. The muid 2000 pounds weight; 140,000 Sorbonne is one of the finest colleges oxen or cows; 550,000 sheep; in Europe, and formerly very fa125,000 calves, and 40,000 hogs; mous, by which name the whole 300,000 muids of wine, each equiva- university is frequently figniñed: but lent to 300 of our quarts, besides it is present very much on the debrandy, beer, and cyder.
cline, on account of its civil jurisdicTho' Paris ftands on more ground tion, and the other privileges it forthan London, which may be much mer enjoyed, being taken from it. doubted since the great increase of Besides the royal academy of new buildings in the latter; it is not sciences, of much the same natire so populous, London exceeding it as our royal society; here is an aca. by at least 200,000 souls.
demy for refining the French lanThe houses of Paris are built of guage ; also academies of painting, white hewo-stone and uniform ; the sculpture, and architecture; with Streets are of a competent breadth, many others for the improvement of the soil of which is conveyed into a all mechanic arts and manufactures, Canal, and washed down by means of as tapestry, Mosaic works in plate, a large body of water conveyed from iron, fteel, brass, embroidery, &c. a neighbouring fountain,
The principal manufactures in PaAs almost every French nobleman, ris are gold and filver stuffs, also lace has a palace, or hotel as they call it, of the same materials, tapestry, ribin this city, with courts and gardens bons, linen, and glass. belonging to it, in this respect Paris The most considerable palaces in Torpasses any thing of that kind to be Paris are the Louvre, behind which met with in London. The Louvre, is the Tuillieries ; beyond that is a the Toillieries, and other royal pa- fine walk, called the Queen's-Walk, laces here, are indeed large and spa- a Le Cours de la Reine, the palace of cious, but old and decayed build- Orleans or Luxemberg, the rovai ings.
palace, with the palace where the Paris has three capital divisions; parliament meets. Besides there, namely, I. The town, which lies to there is the Baltile, a prison for state the north of the Seine : li. The prisoners, and such as are taken up Clly, which is entirely surrounded by by lettres-de-cachet; the Arfer.al ; the river, being in the center of all, the King's Library; the Royal Phyis called L'Ile du Palais, the liland fic-Garden; the Royal Observatory; of the palace, as the royal palace the Gobelins for all sorts of manufacakts up a great part of it; and, 3. tures; and the Town house in the The university, which lies to the square called she Greve. louth of the Seine, togeiher with its principal churches are, the Catwelve fuburbs. The whole is furthedral of Notre-Dame, St. GoneFebruary, 1764.
came by chance to a garden door, she had by her ravilher, so as to leave at which me was standing, and beg- no living monuments of her pollu. ged alms of her. It is not said whe- tion by his prophane embraces, then ther he knew her or not; but at the fly with her husband to the temple firft sight, and sound of bis voice, the of Jaggernaut, and there have meltknew him, though in a plight so fit ed lead poured down her throat, by to disguise him. Then it was, that which means only the might be ad. in a rapture of joy she welcomed him, mitted to die in her cast, if the could and related to him all her adventures, not live in it. The wife on hearing and the innocence of her heart in all these terms accepted them, bard as she had suffered, concluding with her they were, notwithstanding all the detestation of her present condition, tenderst difuafions on the man's and an offer of immediately making part. Urged then by the manifold her escape, and returning to his bo- incentives of zeal for her religion, som. To this the Gentoo made no love for her husband, and a hatred other answer or objection, but to re- for her ravisher, that made her fee present to her the inviclable rule of in those children of hers nothing but their religion in such a case, which his part in them, all conspiring to did not admit of his receiving her steel her heart against the motions of again as his wife, or having any nature, she perpetrated the first part communication whatever with her. of the injunction, and found means However, after joining in the be- to escape undiscovered with her huswailment of the cruelty of their se- band, who durft not even renew paration, and of the law that probi- with her the privilege of one, as her bited that re-union, for which they person Itill remained polluted, and both ardently sighed; and after a unapproachable by him under the bundance of consultation, about penalty of a mortal fin, and of falling what measures could be taken, it into the same predicament in which was agreed between them, that the me ftood. Arrived at the temple, husband fhould inceffantly repair to she presented herself with the utmost the great temple of Jaggernaut, near constancy and intrepidity to the the sea-side, in the kingdom of Orixa, priests, of whom she demanded the near the mouth of the Ganges, there fulfilment of the rest of her sentence. to confult the high-priest and his After a sequestration of a few days, chief aliftants, whether any thing and other preparatory ceremonies, could be done to restore her at least she was led to the appointed place of to her religion. Accordingly he execution in the area before the temwent, and returned to her with such ple, where, in the presence of an ina countenance as prepared her for numerable concourse of people, the the worst. He then told her, that appeared without the least symptom be came to bid her an eternal adieu, of fear at the drcad'ül folernity and for that the taking off the excom- apparatus of the fire, and inftrumunication he had however inno- ments of her suffering. After a fort cently incurred, could not be affec- prayer the was blindfolded, and extuated but on such conditions, as he tended on the ground, with hier could neither expect, or advise her to mourn open ready to receive her comply with. They were these; death in the melted lead. loftead of that the mould destroy the childien which, some cold water prepared