(b ?Chiswick, Middlesex [now in Greater London], 2 Apr. 1679; d Oxford, 1 June 1772). English painter, the son of a Franco-Dutch painter of the same name (d1702) who moved to England as a young man and was one of Kneller's assistants. The younger Laroon was a colourful character who in his long and strenuous life was a musician, singer, soldier, and man of pleasure; he drew and painted ‘for diversitions’, to use the words of Vertue, and did not concentrate on art until he retired from the army in 1732.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)