Two Verdicts

He began as a decorative painter and was made a freeman of the Painter-Stainers' Company in 1703 following a seven-year training under the house-painter William Clarke. George Vertue records that Monamy had a natural interest in painting shipping. He was a fluent follower and occasional copyist of Willem van de Velde the Younger (and had a collection of his drawings) and modelled his battle scenes on paintings by earlier masters. He lived much of his life in Westminster and died there in 'indifferent' financial circumstances according to Vertue, from charging modest prices and working much for dealers. His younger contemporaries, Brooking and Scott, both eclipsed him artistically, the former dying a pauper, however, the latter being much more successful.

Cotemporary and Contemporary
Pro 1749 & Con 2019

artistically eclipsed
little variety

Country Life:
John Wood, 1959, Matthew Dennison, 2009
hope and glory revisited
pictures and popery

E.H.H.Archibald 1965
substantially mistaken, but in some respects on the right track in 1965
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