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genius and expanded taste, and used to speak of him as “the Shakspeare of his art.”

As a man, Mr. Stothard could have no enemy. His character was simplicity itself. He was always liberal in opening the rich stores of his knowledge to all who stood in need of his aid. Never was there a less assuming or more disinterested individual. He hated all collision with bustling arrogant men, and took care to avoid them. His voice was low and not unmusical : he abounded in anecdote; and with those to whom he could unbosom himself was one of the most agreeable companions breathing, for his observations on men and manners were always shrewd and intelligent. He was an early riser, loving to walk into the streets to look at the various classes of the toiling community hurrying to their work : this was one of his places of study; he made sketches of labourers and artisans, singly and in groups; nor did he fail to include flower-girls, and all such moving dealers as London finds employment for. He was accustomed to say that he never saw two faces alike; and that he never met with a form from which he could not take something that was useful to him in his profession. He was about the middle size, of a compact make, exceedingly active, and enjoyed almost uninterrupted health. When about sixty years of

age, he has walked fifty miles in a day. At that period one of his chief enjoyments was a summer Saturday's excursion into the country, with his friend, Mr. Black, the editor of “ The Morning Chronicle," collecting dragon-moths and other insects, and making sketches of peasants at their cottage doors, and children playing in the sun. For many years of his life he was exceedingly deaf, and latterly so much so, that it became painful to converse with him.

When young, Mr. Stothard studied with great diligence at the Royal Academy. The first picture he exhibited was · Ajax defending the Body of Patroclus ;” and the walls of Somerset House were subsequently enriched during a long course of years by his works. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1785, and a Royal Academician in

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and 19th of June, 1834. The drawings occupied the first two days of the sale, and produced 5681. 11s. 6d. The paintings on the third day produced 13681. 78. Total, 19361. 185. 6d. The following were the paintings that brought above 201.:- The Bolero, 221. 11s.; a Sketch from Boccacio, 221. ls.; Nymphs binding Cupid, a Landscape, 321. 11s.; Sans Souci, 311. 10s.; Youth and Age, 211.; a Sketch for the Subject of Intemperance, painted upon the Walls of the Staircase at Burleigh, 90l. 6s. ; the Children in the Wood, 221, 11s. 6d.; a Fête Champêtre, from Boccacio, 331. 11s.; Titania sleeping, 20l. 9s. 6d.; Venus, Cupid, and the Graces, 281. 7s.; Calypso with Cupid and Nymphs, 461. 4s.; the Vintage, 361. 10s.; O'Donohou, with Nymphs, 211.; a Nymph leading a Bacchanalian Procession, 321. 11s.; the Crucifixion, 261. 58.; Shakspeare's Characters, 801. 175. ; a beautiful drawing of the same subject, but containing more characters, sold for 321. 11s. ; they were bought by Mr. Pickering for the same gentleman. Among the drawings which brought the highest prices were several elegant designs for plate, executed for his late Majesty by Messrs. Rundell and Bridge.

Another portion, we understand, is preparing for sale in the approaching spring.

For a large portion of the materials with which the foregoing memoir has been composed we are indebted to Arnold's “ Library of the Fine Arts,” and “ The Athenæum.”


No. XIX.




This venerable and distinguished officer was born in 1756, and was the fifth son of William Doyle, Esq. King's Counsel, and one of the Masters in Chancery in Ireland. He was himself originally bred for the bar; but his elder brother, Welbore Ellis Doyle, having opened for himself a career of eminence in the army, about the commencement of the American war, John renounced the long robe for the sword, and in March, 1771, was appointed, by purchase, an Ensign in the 48th foot.

In 1773 he obtained his Lieutenancy, and was wounded in Ireland upon duty. In 1775 he embarked as Lieutenant with the 40th regiment for America, and was present at the battles of Brooklyn, Haerlem, Fort Washington, White Plains, Springfield, Iron Hills, the surprise of Wayne's corps, Brandy Wine, Cheirs Stone House, Germantown, where he was again wounded, and at Chestnut Hill.

At the first of the above actions the subject of this memoir was brought into notice by a trait of conduct combining the best feeling with the most animated courage. He was Adjutant of the 40th, commanded by Lieut.-Colonel Grant, who was regarded as a father by the younger part of the corps : the Lieut.-Colonel was desperately wounded early, and the action becoming very hot where he lay, the young Adjutant, fearing he might be trampled to death, rushed with a few followers into the midst of the enemy, and dragged from amongst them the body of his friend; but, alas ! too

late, for he had ceased to breathe. This act of filial piety made a strong impression on all who witnessed it, and produced a handsome compliment from the Commander-inChief.

In 1778 he obtained a company in Lord Rawdon's corps, the “ Volunteers of Ireland” (afterwards the 105th regiment), and was present with it at the battles of Monmouth, Camden, Hobkirk's Hill, defeat of General Marion, capture of Fort Sullivan, and siege of Charlestown. He purchased the majority of the regiment in March, 1781, and was twice wounded while serving in it. In the attack upon Marion's corps he charged the State regiment of Carolina dragoons with his advanced corps of seventy horse; the killed, wounded, and prisoners of the enemy exceeding his whole force.

After the fall of Charlestown, Major Doyle went up the country with Lord Cornwallis, by whom he was appointed Major of Brigade, and honourably mentioned in his Lordship’s despatch relative to the battle of Camden. He served in the same action with Lord Rawdon, and was also included in that nobleman's thanks, in his public despatch after the battle of Hobkirk's Hill, and of which despatch he was to have been the bearer, had not the packet been sent by mistake to England before the arrival of the despatch at Charlestown.

After Lord Rawdon's departure we find him acting as Adjutant-General, and public Secretary to General Gould; and after that officer's death, with Generals Stewart and Leslie. Subsequently his regiment was placed on the establishment of the army as the 105th, and ordered to Ireland, where it was reduced in 1784.

For several following years he remained on half-pay in Ireland; where he was occupied, in conjunction with his friend and patron, Lord Rawdon, in furthering every object of benevolence and patriotism that presented itself, during that period of stormy discussion between England and Ireland.

At the commencement of the French war, in 1793, Major

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