The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3

Allen, Thomas

1827

Painter Stainer's Hall.

A neat brick edifice erected on the site of a more ancient building belonging to the company, which was destroyed in the great fire of . Here, in different apartments, are various pictures, some of them of considerable merit, executed principally by persons who were members of this society. The hall is a lofty and well proportioned room: on the north side, is Ionic columns and pilasters, painted in imitation of scagliola, with gilt capitals; at the west end is the master's chair, above which is a small full length figure of his late majesty, and plaister busts of W. Pitt and the duke of Wellington. The ceiling is painted of an azure colour, with an eagle in the centre, as if sustaining the chandelier with its beak. The following pictures adorn the walls of this apartment:

St. Luke writing his gospel,

Van Somer:

ruins;

Griffiere, a good painting:

reason governing strength,

an emblematical picture, by Charles Catton, esq. R. A. given by the artist in ;

Art and Envy,

Hondius; a large upright

landscape,

by Lambert, with figures by Hogarth representing the story of the

babe with bloody hands,

from Spencer's Fairy Queen, the trees and foliage very fine:

live fowl,

flying, by Barlow, who designed the hearse for the interment of general Monk: a small piece, with

three

figures,

by Laroone, who designed the procession at the coronation of William and Mary :

still life,

an imitation of scrolls, &c. by Taverner, a proctor of Doctor's Commons, who painted for his amusement: a

flower piece,

Everbrook: a large upright

landscape,

a sun-set, by Robert Aggas, , presented by the artist, and forming an excellent specimen of his manner; with an ornamental

tablature

above it, by Trevett, who was a master of this company:

Heraclitus and Democritus,

Jacob Penn; and

St. Luke, painting,

by the same artist: a

storm at sea,

Sailmaker: a

flower piece,

given by John Edwards, the artist, :

fruit, with a squirrel,

Smith,

queen Anne, a medallion, supported by boys,

Feilot: a

calm at sea;

a fine picture, feet inches, by feet, Peter Monamy; with a smaller piece by the same artist, representing a

storm at sea:

sir John Brown,

alderman in , the

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feoffee of the company's hall: a

flower piece,

Baptiste, jun. presented by himself:

still life,

Roestraten, or Ronsestratton;

the fire of London,

Waggoner; a long picture, feet by foot inches; the

peace of Utrecht,

an allegorical painting, by Sebastian Ricci, who executed the altar-piece at college;

David with Goliah's head;

a

flower piece,

Montingo;

a painter offering his works to Minerva,

said by Modena, probably for Medina;

bear-hunting,

a small, and spirited picture, by Hondius, presented in , by W. T. Sweet;

Charles the

first

,

a half length in a circular frame, supposed to have been copied from Vandyke, by Stone;

queen Anne,

full length, Dahl;

death of Abel,

Robert Smirke, esq. R. A. presented in , by Mr. T. Mansfield, a memberof thecompany:

Charles the

second

,

whole length, Huysman;

William the

third

,

whole length, sir Godfrey Kneller, given by the artist; several small

flower pieces,

painters uncertain;

martyrdom of St. Sebastian,

by Hayls, or Hayes;

Mr. deputy Sanders,

gold-beater, a master of the company, , in a circular frame, by John Closterman;

Catherine, queen to Charles the

second

,

whole length, Huysman;

Angels appearing to the Shepherds,

Colloni;

Genius, represented as drawing from the Graces and other figures

;

a Magdalen,

small, and very highly finished, by Gasper Smitz, or Smith, with the signature I. S. :

Camden,

the celebrated antiquary, who was a member of this company, in his tabard, as Clarencieux, king at arms; a large

flower piece,

Baptiste, given by Charles Catton, esq. R. A. and a large picture of

architecture of the Corinthian order,

by Trevett. In the clerk's dining room, all the greater pannels are occupied by paintings of distinct subjects, as landscapes, history, ruins, &c. by various artists, painter-stainers; among them is

Diana and Endymion

by Parmentier, and a good picture of

Perseus and Andromeda.

It seems probable, that this apartment was thus fitted up soon after the rebuilding of the hall, subsequently to the great fire. In the court room is an old picture displaying

three

portraits,

( quarter lengths) of former masters of his company; a marble bust of

Mr. Thomas Evans,

master in , and a considerable benefactor, by Edward Pierce, the younger, who sculptured the dragons on the monument. Above the bust is his arms, a fess between fleur de lys or. repaired in ; a head of

John Stock, esq.

of Hampstead, and a full length portrait of sir Jonathan Miles, knt. sheriff in , and a Venetian view.

At the south east corner of , is the churchyard of St. Peter, . Some remains of the old church exist on the north side, and attached to the west wall is the following inscription:

BEFORE ye late dreadfull fyer,

THIS WAS ye parish church;

OF ST. Peters, Paul's wharfe

DEMOLISHED

September 1666

AND was erected

FOR a church-yarde

Anno Domini

1675

This Stone was new Fac'd and Letter'd

The Wall and Iron Pallisado's erected.

MR. BOXELL TARVER Church Wardens.

MR. WILLIAM

HOLME

Anno Domini,

1779

.

 
 
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