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OF

PAINTING IN ENGLAND;

With fome Account of the principal Artists;

And incidental NOTES on other ARTS;

Collected by the late

Mr. GEORGE VERTUE;

And now digested and published from his original MSS.
By Mr. HORACE WALPOLE,

To which is added

The HISTORY of

The MODERN TASTE in GARDENING,

The Glory of Lebanon fhall come unto thee, the Fir-Tree, the Pine-Tree,
and the Box together, to beautify the Place of my Sanctuary, and I will
make the Place of my Feet glorious.
Ifaiah, LX. 13.

The THIRD EDITION with ADDITIONS.

VOLUME the FOURTH and laft.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR J. DODSLEY, PALL-MALL.

M.DCC.LXXXVI.

ASHMOLEAN

OXFORD

MUSEUM

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TO HIS GRACE

CHARLES,

Duke of RICHMOND, LENOX, and AUBIGNY.

MY LORD,

T is not to court protection to this work; it is not to celebrate your Grace's virtues and abilities, which want no panegyric; it is to indulge the sentiments of refpect and esteem, that I take the liberty of prefixing your name to this volume, the former parts of thefe Anecdotes having been inscribed to a Lady, now dead, to whom I had great obligations.

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The publications of my press have been appropriated to Gratitude and Friendship, not to Flattery. Your Grace's fingular Encouragement of Arts, a virtue inherited with others from your noble Father, intitles you to this Addrefs; and allow me to fay, my Lord, it is a proof of your Judgment and Tafte, that in your countenance of talents there is but one inftance of partiality-I mean, your Favour to

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HIS laft volume has been long written, and even printed. The publication, though a debt to the purchasers of the preceding volumes, was delayed from motives of tenderness. The author, who could not refolve, like moft biographers, to dispense universal panegyric, especially on many incompetent artists, was ftill unwilling to utter even gentle cenfures, which might wound the affections, or offend the prejudices of thofe related to the perfons whom truth forbad him to commend beyond their merits. He hopes, that as his opinion is no standard, it will pafs for mistaken judgment with such as shall be displeased with his criticisms. If his encomiums feem too lavish to others, the public will at least know that they are bestowed fincerely. He would not have hesitated to publish his remarks fooner, if he had not been averfe to exaggeration.

The work is carried as far as the author intended to go, though he is fenfible he could continue it with more fatisfaction to himself, as

*It was not published till O&cber 9, 1780, though printed in 1771.

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