FRANCESCO SLETER 1685–1775
Decorative and history painter, said to be a Venetian by birth. Nothing is known of his early training or career, but his style is close to Amiconi and Sebastiano Ricci. First recorded in England in 1719, executing decorative work for the Duke of Chandos at Canons. Also worked at Moor Park, Stowe and Moulsham Hall, and lastly for the Earl of Westmorland at Mereworth Castle, Kent. He died there 29 August 1775, aged ninety, and was buried in Mereworth churchyard.
LITERATURE Croft-Murray 1970, pp.277–8.
Elizabeth Einberg and Judy Egerton, The Age of Hogarth: British Painters Born 1675-1709, Tate Gallery Collections, II, London 1988