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of Johnson's monument, to consent that it should be placed in that cathedral; in which, I know, some of them reluctantly acquiesced. In consequence of the ardour which 'he expressed on this subject, it was thought proper to deposit his body in the crypt of that magnificent church; which indeed had another claim also to the remains of this great Painter, for in the same ground (though the ancient building constructed upon it has given place to another edifice,) was interred,
and pointing with the other to a sarcophagus, on the tablet of which is written
Succedet famâ, vivusque per ora feretur.
65 He wished that St. Paul's should be decorated by Paintings as well as Sculpture, and has enlarged on this subject in his “ Journey to Flanders,” page 341. A scheme of this kind was proposed about the year 1774, and warmly espoused by our Author; but it was prevented from being carried into execution by Dr. Terrick, then Bishop of London. Since that time, monuments, under certain regulations, have been admitted.
66 Sir William Scott, Mr. Burke, Sir Joseph Banks, Mr. Windham, Mr. Metcalf, Mr. Boswell, Mr, Malone..
in the middle of the last century, his great predecessor, Sir Antony Vandyck.
By his last will, which was made on the 5th of November preceding his death, he bequeathed the greater part of his fortune to his niece, Miss Palmer, now Countess of Inchiquin ; ten thousand pounds in the funds to her younger sister, Mrs. Gwatkin, the wife of Robert Lovel Gwatkin, Esq. of Killiow, in the county of Cornwall ; a considerable legacy to his friend, the Right Hon. Edmund Burke, with whom he had lived in great intimacy for more than thirty years; and various memorials to other friends, 67
67 To the Earl of Upper-Ossory, any pieture of his own painting, remaining undisposed of at his death, that his lordship should choose.
To Lord Palmerston, " the second choice."
To Sir Abraham Hume, 'Bart. "the choice of his Claude Lorraines.”
To Sir George Beaumont, Bart. his « Sebastian Bour. don,—the Return of the Arc."
To the Duke of Portland, “the Angel Contemplation, --the upper part of the Nativity."
To the brief enumeration that has been given of the various qualities which rendered him at once so distinguished an ornament and so valuable a member of society, it is
To Edmond Malone, Philip Metcalfe, James Boswell, Esqrs. and Sir William Scott, [his Majesty's Advocate General,] £.200 each, to be laid out, if they should think proper, in the purchase of some picture at the sale of his Collection, “to be kept for his sake."
To the Reverend William Mason, "the Miniature of Milton, by Cooper,"
To Richard Burke, junior, Esq. his Cromwell, by Cooper.
To Mrs. Bunbury, “ her son's picture ;" and to Mrs. Gwyn, “ her own picture with a turban.”
To his nephew, William Johnston, Esq. of Calcutta, his watch, &c.
To his old servant, Ralph Kirkley, (who had lived with him twenty-nine years,) one thousand pounds.
Qf this Will, he appointed Mr. Burke, Mr. Metcalfe, and the present writer, Executors.
In March, 1795, his fine Collection of Pictures by the Ancient Masters, was sold by Auction for 10,319), 2s. 6d. ; and in April, 1796, various historical and fancy-pieces of his own painting, together with some unclaimed portraits, were sold for 45051. 18s. His very valuable Collection of Drawings and Prints yet remains to be disposed of
almost needless to add, that the death of this great Painter, and most amiable man, was not less a private loss, than a publick misfortune ; and that however that loss may have been deplored by his numerous friends, by none of them was it more deeply felt, than by him, to whom the office of transmitting to posterity this imperfect memorial of his talents and his virtues has devolved.
Its imperfection however will, I trust, be amply compensated by the following characteristick eulogy, in which the hand of the great master, and the affectionate friend, is so visible, that it is scarcely necessary to inform the reader that it was written by Mr. Burke, not many hours after the melancholy event which it commemorates, had taken place :
“ His illness was long, but borne with a “ mild and cheerful fortitude, without the
“ least mixture of any thing irritable, or
querulous, agreeably to the placid and
even ténour of his whole life. He had “ from the beginning of his malady, a dis“ tinct view of his dissolution; and he con
templated it with that entire composure,
which nothing but the innocence, integrity, " and usefulness of his life, and an unaffected " submission to the will of Providence, " could bestow. In this situation he had
every consolation from family tenderness, 66 which his own kindness had indeed well
“ Sir Joshua Reynolds was, on very many
accounts, one of the most memorable men " of his time. He was the first English
man, who added the praise of the elegant “ arts to the other glories of his country, “ In taste, in grace, in facility, in happy
invention, and in the richness and harmony • of colouring, he was equal to the great “ masters of the renowned ages. In Por