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ii s. XL JUNE 19, i9i5.] NOTES AND QUERIES.


Calcutta, died in September, 1811, in his 89th year (Gent. Mag., Ixxxi. part ii. 289). The well-known mezzotint of Mrs. Mills by J. R. Smith, after G. Engleheart, is identified as this lady by J. Chaloner Smith in ' British Mezzotinto Portraits,' pp. 1283-4 ; but as it represents a youthful person, and was pub- lished in 1786, when Mrs. Mills the vocalist was already an old lady, this is probably a mistake. The late Mr. Joseph Grego thought it was a portrait of Mrs. Mills, a courtesan mentioned in * The Reminiscences of Henry Angelo,' vol. ii. Mrs. Mills, nee Burchell, died on 9 June, 1802, in the Hampstead Road (Gent. Mag., f.lxxii. part ii. 687). Where can I find a detailed account of her ?


LONDON M.P.'s, 1661 : LOVE : TENISON In the Fifth Report Historical MSS. Commission, Part I. (Duke of Sutherland's papers), p. 171, under date 28 May, 1661, Sir Stephen Charlton, in a letter to Sir R. Leveson, writes :

"The two Houses of Parliament have received the Sacrament, as it is ordered to be celebrated, upon Sabbath day last, which they did unanimously, except 3 or 4, whereof 2 were our citizen burgesses, viz., Love and Tenison, who absented themselves." Who were those two M.P.'s for London ? They do not appear in the printed official lists published by order of the Government.


<C THE JEW." I have a small coloured etching of a turbaned and bearded figure seated at a table on which there are money and two bags, one marked 7. Above the figure " The New and Fashionable Game of the Jew" is printed; and below, "Pub- lished June 16, 1807, by J. Wallis, sen r , No. 13, Warwick Square, M. Dunnett, No. 3, Cheapside, and J. Wallis, jun r , No. 188, Strand, London."

What was this game ? Why was it called " The Jew " ? ISRAEL SOLOMONS.

LIEUT. JOHN WILLS, R.N., only brother of the Rev. Thomas Wills, A.B., of Magdalen Hall, Oxford, Chaplain to the Countess of Huntingdon and Minister of Spa Fields Chapel, Clerkenwell, was,

" in his naval capacity, inferior to none of his own standing for judgment and courage ; insomuch that he had a lieutenant's commission when he was just turned of eighteen years of age." Wills's 'Spiritual Register,' third ed'., 1787, vol. i. p. 177.

He was a near relation of Admiral Sir Richard Spry. He died 11 Oct., 1764. Where was he buried ?


RICHARD THOMAS LONSDALE, ARTIST. I am desirous of obtaining full biographical particulars of this painter. He was the son of James Lonsdale. I want his date and

Elace of 'birth. He resided at 8, Berners treet with his father from 1827 to 1839. In 1842 he had a studio at 7, Park Cottages, Regent's Park, and in 1849 was living at 3, Westcliffe Gardens, Folkestone. He ex- hibited sixteen pictures at the Royal Aca- demy, thirteen at the British Institution, and twenty-nine at Suffolk Street. Whom did he marry, and did he leave any descendants ? If so, where can they be found ?

T. CANN HUGHES, M.A., F.S.A. Lancaster.

AUTHOR OF QUOTATION WANTED. I de- sire to trace the author's name and the complete words of some verses which ap- peared in one of the cheaper weekly papers about fifteen years ago on the subject of the substitution of a " call girl " for a " call boy " at theatres. One verse ran thus :

And the gallery all started hissing When an actor came forward to tell

That the man who played Hamlet was missing, And the " call girl " was missing as well.

I. A.

SIGISMUND us. . . .SUECI^ HJERES. In the Uffizi, Florence, is a full-length portrait by an anonymous artist inscribed : " Sigis- mundus, Dux Finlandise. Regni Sueciaa Hseres et Electus Rex. ^Etatis suee xviii." By the dress the date should be about 1565. Can any one tell me who this Sigismund was, and furnish me with his dates of birth and death?

I cannot find in the biographical diction- aries, &c., any Sigismund who seems to fit the portrait in question.


11, Paulton Square, Chelsea.

FERNANDO RECANUTO OR CANTJTO. Is anything known of this Italian artist ? In 1858 he executed eighteen pen-and-ink drawings, mostly of figures on horseback with elaborate caparisons. He inscribed his work to his friend Guerreiro, a Portuguese artist, attributing his own inspiration to him, and scornfully alluding to " quel ingannato Bartolo." In his signature there is a gap between Re and " canuto " ; but thec is not a capital. Fernando was a draughtsman and etcher of rare talent, with a genius for caricature. Some of his borders remind me slightly of Doyle. He did much of his work at Lisbon from 1837 to 1856, signing it with an interlaced F C.