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Leaf 6, 1809 December 20

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Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

CROMEK (R.H.). ALS to Thomas Bewick. One and a quarter pages. Quarto. London, 20 December 1809. Cromek writes how sad that he and Stothard were that their plans to meet Bewick failed - Stothard only spent a week in Scotland, and he, RHC, returned by boat after 13 weeks away. He encloses the portrait of Cunningham, then writes,"Schiavonetti has completed an Etching of the Canterbury Pilgrims, which has produced an Effect among both Painters and Engravers that would be in vain for me to Describe. It really is a Painter's Etching, with an Engraver's skill super added. I long for you to see one." Cromek concludes by a piece of"money-catching." Having given Schiavonetti 300 Guineas (as part of a total payment of 800 guineas), Cromek finds himself in a state of penury and asks Bewick if he has got"a few guineas [from The Grave subscribers] scattered about your town?"

Collection History

Custodial History

By descent from T. H. Cromek. T. H. Cromek's daughter married John Warrington of Newland Hall, Wakefield. He was the father of Austin Warrington, whose son Paul Warrington inherited the Cromek archive and left the archive on his death to his wife, Jeanne Warrington, in 1992, who in turn left the archive to R. H. Cromek's great-great-great grandson Ian Warrington on her death in 2007, who sold the archive at Sothebys London in July 2008.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by John Delaney on April 6, 2009. Finding aid coded by John Delaney on April 7-8, 2009, based on the descriptions of John Hart and Chris Johnson.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Leaf 6; Robert and Thomas Hartley Cromek papers, C1313, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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See Dennis M. Read's R. H. Cromek, Engraver, Editor, and Entrepreneur (Ashgate, 2011) for more information about Cromek and these papers.

Bewick, Thomas, 1753-1828
Cromek, R. H. (Robert Hartley), 1770-1812
Pye, John, 1782-1874