1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Allan Cunningham

Anonymous, in Review of Cunningham, Sir Marmaduke Maxwell; The Literary Gazette (23 March 1822) 176-77.



Mr. Cunningham is too well and too favourably known to all the lovers of the Scottish Muse, and of simplicity and nature in poetry, to need a formal introduction to our readers. His genius has raised him in the social scale from the humble rank of an artisan in his native town, to the superintendence of one of the foremost ateliers for sculpture in the world, that of the justly admired Chantry; and (without lifting him out of a congenial sphere) given him that consideration which, while it renders literature a pursuit of taste and choice, does not take away the necessity for laudable exertion in the more important concerns of life. It is pleasant to contemplate talent thus advancing; and when we have seen our eminent artist in the midst of those charming busts and fine designs which have raised him to fame and fortune, it was no slight increase to our gratification to observe the Scottish minstrel among those to whom every thing below the principal part in such works was entrusted.