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JAMES CRAGGS, ESQ JUN (Secretary of State) From a Licture by Sir Godfrey Knettert. in the Marquis of Buckingham's Collection at Slowe:
Published by Cadell & Davies, Strand, and the other Proprietors May 1.1807.
A Face untaught to feign; a judging Eye,
I SHALL add a dialogue by Mr. Pope, in verse, that is genuine :
WITH MR. DRYDEN'S TRANSLATION OF FRESNOY'S
THIS Verse be thine, my friend, nor thou refuse
Epifle to Mr. Jervas] This Epiftle and the two following were written fome years before the reft, and originally printed in 1717. POPE.
Jervas owed much more of his reputation to this Epiftle than to his skill as a painter. "He was defective," fays Mr. Walpole, "in drawing, colouring, and compofition; his pictures are a light, flimzy kind of fan-painting, as large as the life; his vanity was exceffive." The reafon why Lady Bridgewater's name is fo frequently repeated in this Epiftle, is, becaufe Jervas affected to be violently in love with her. As fhe was fitting to him one day, he ran over the beauties of her face with rapture; but added, “I cannot help telling your Ladyship you have not an handsome ear.” "No!-Pray, Mr. Jervas, what is a handfome car?" He turned afide his cap, and fhewed his own! WARTON,
And reading wish, like theirs, our fate and fame,
Smit with the love of Sifter-Arts we came,
With thee, on Raphael's Monument I mourn,
VER. 13. Sifter-Arts] To the poets that practised and underftood painting, the names of Dante, of Flatman, of Butler, of Dyer, may be added that of our author; a portrait of whofe painting is in the poffeffion of Lord Mansfield: a head of Betterton.
There is also another portrait by Pope, in the poffeffion of his Grace the Duke of Norfolk, at Arundel castle.
VER. 27. On Raphael's monument] Let me here add Sir Joshua Reynold's fine characters of Raphael and Michael Angelo: