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(b London, 9 Sept. 1694; d London, 23 Dec. 1739). English painter and book illustrator of Dutch extraction. He had a considerable practice as a portraitist in the years immediately after Kneller's death, but he led a profligate life and his work—although vigorous—is often marred by sloppy handling. Vertue says he started the vogue for depicting ladies in Rubens costume. As an illustrator he is best known for his plates for a lavish four-volume edition of Cervantes' Don Quixote (1738), a commission in which he was preferred to Hogarth. He was one of the founders of the St Martin's Lane Academy.
Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)