1792 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Peacham

R. D., in Gentleman's Magazine 62 (August 1792) 715.



The Complete Gentleman was a very popular book in its day, and seems to have gone through many editions. The first, I believe, was in 1621. That in the Bodleian library is dated 1634, and with it is bound up another book of Peacham's, of the same date, intituled, The Gentleman's Exercise, &c. in three books; the two first treating "of drawing and limning," and the third (a dialogue) of heraldry. Several other of his productions are preserved in the same noble repository. Peacham is also noticed in Sir J. Hawkins's History of Musick, vol. III. note on p. 194, where it is said, that "in his advanced age he was reduced to poverty, and subsisted by writing those little penny books which are the common amusement of children."