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(b London, 1646; d London, 27 Mar. 1691). English portrait painter. His early career is obscure, but following the death of Lely in 1680 he was for a decade (until his own death) one of the leading portraitists in the country, rivalled only by Kneller. In 1681 Charles II appointed him ‘painter and picture drawer in ordinary’ and he is said to have produced a portrait of Charles (now lost) that prompted the response: ‘Is this like me? Then, odd's fish, I'm an ugly fellow.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)