[Letter], February 12th, 1830, 30 Allsop's Terrace, New Road, [London] [to] Bernard Barton Esqre, Woodbridge, Suffolk. 

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[Letter], February 12th, 1830, 30 Allsop's Terrace, New Road, [London] [to] Bernard Barton Esqre, Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Date of Original

12 February 1830

Special Collection

Bentley-Blake Collection


Martin, John, 1789-1854, author


3 unnumbered pages on folded leaf ; 23 x 38 cm folded to 23 x 19 cm

Storage Location

Rare Books Oversize


Holograph, signed.

Letter begins: My dear friend, I received the greatest pleasure from the perusal of your last, to find that your opinion of the life of Blake so entirely coincided with my own ...

Paper watermarked: G & R. TURNER / 1826.

Small marginal tear with some loss of a few letters but not affecting sense of text.

The letter reports on Martin's pleasure in discovering that Barton's opinion of the life of William Blake coincided with his own. He notes his recent reading of the biography of Blake in Allan Cunningham's The lives of the most eminent British painters, sculptors and architects ... (London, 1829-1833), and offers his own observations. Martin offers his view of Blake's talents, also finding praise for his illustrations of Young's Night Thoughts. Letter includes several other topics.

Verso of page [3] with manuscript address panel and impression in black wax of John Martin's seal (a bust).

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Catalogue Number

Blake Suppl. no.722 (Box 15)


Public Domain


Blake, William, 1757-1827




Barton, Bernard, 1784-1849, addressee


Manuscript (incl. letter)

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