Henry Peacham

(1578 ca.-1643)

The son of a clergyman, Henry Peacham attended Trinity College Cambridge as a sizar (B.A. 1595?, M.A. 1598); he was afterwards master of the the Free School at Wymondham and tutor to the sons of Thomas Howard, second earl of Arundel. The author of The Compleat Gentleman was himself a poet, musician, antiquary and painter. Among his friends were Jonson, Selden, Drayton, Byrd, and Dowland. Despite such connections, Peacham was forced to write for a living late in life.


1612Graphice: Of expressing Passion in the Countenance.
1612Nulli penetrabilis.
1613Nuptial Hymns in Honour of the Marriage.
1613The Period of Mourning.
1615Prince Henrie Revived.
1615To the same most excellent Princesse.
1620Upon Grantorto
1622The Compleat Gentleman: Of Poetrie.


The art of drawing with the pen. 1606.
The more the merrier. 1608.
Thomas Coryate, Ocdombian banquet. 1611.
Arthur Standish, Commons complaint. 1611.
Minerva Britanna: or a garden of heroical devises. 1612.
The period of mourning disposed into sixe visions, together with nuptiall hymnes. 1613.
The mastive, or young-whelpe of the olde-dogge; epigrams. 1615.
Prince Henry revived. Or a poeme upon the birth, and in honor of the hopeful young Prince Henrie Frederick. 1615.
Thalias banquet. 1620.
The compleat gentleman. 1622.
An Aprill shower shed in abundance of teares. 1624.
Thestylis atrata. 1634.
Coach and sedan. 1636.
The truth of our times, revealed out of one mans experience. 1638.
The valley of varietie: or discourse fitting for the times. 1638.
The duty of all subjects to their King ... in two books. 1639.
The worth of a penny: or a caution to keep money. 1641.
The art of living in London. 1642.
A paradox, in the praise of a dunce, to Smectymnuus. 1642.
The worth of a peny: or a caution to keep money. 1647.