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Minute Particulars

Vol. 46 no. 4: Spring 2013

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

  • Angus Whitehead
18 April 2013
18 Apr. 2013


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.