Most Viewed

George Iii. On Punctuality
A Beggar's Wedding
A Gamekeeper's Daughter
A Child On Board
Navy Chaplains
Marie Antoinette
The Deaf And Dumb Mother
A Christmas Pudding Extraordinary
The Slave Trade

Least Viewed

The Wounded Sailor
Spare Moments
Van Dyke
A Dieppe Pilot
Gallant Daughter
The Sailor And The Actress
Marshal De Nevailles
Mimic Reclaimed

Lely and the Alderman

Anecdotes Home

Sir Peter Lely, a famous painter in the reign of
Charles I., agreed for the price of a full-length, which he was to draw for
a rich alderman of London, who was not indebted to nature either for shape
or face. When the picture was finished, the alderman endeavoured to beat
down the price; alleging that if he did not purchase it, it would lie on
the painter's hands. "That's a mistake," replied Sir Peter, "for I can sell
it at double the price I demand."--"How can that be?" says the alderman;
"for it is like nobody but myself."--"But I will draw a tail to it, and
then it will be an excellent monkey." The alderman, to prevent exposure,
paid the sum agreed for, and carried off the picture.

Next: Morland

Previous: Turner

Add to Informational Site Network

Viewed 2716

Random Anecdotes

Steele & Addison
Pope The Poet
Sir W. Scott
War By Candle Light
Keep To The Point
Ingenious Contrivance
Heber's Palestine
Bishop Of St. Lisieux
Admiral Thurot
Reclaimed Felons
A Heavy Play
Navy Chaplains
300 Scudi (l62), With The Words, "for The Advocate ..
Catalogue Making
A Timely Answer
Servant At Noyon
Chantrey's First Sculpture
A Bold Trick
The Gendarmes And The Priest
Johnson And Millar
The Douglas
A Tedious Preacher