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“another, but far more amiable enthusiast”: References to Catherine and William Blake in the Literary Gazette and La Belle Assemblée (1830)

Angus Whitehead

In Blake Records, G. E. Bentley, Jr., observes that “the publication of Cunningham’s life of Blake provoked a spate of comment upon Blake in the spring of 1830.” Bentley records six traced reviews of Allan Cunningham’s The Lives of the Most Eminent British Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, vol. 2 (1830), that appeared in the first quarter of 1830. This note first discusses a reader’s query, in all probability written in response to one of these reviews, concerning the whereabouts of Catherine Blake, then goes on to record another review of volume 2 of Cunningham’s Lives, which makes several new references to William Blake.

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