1820. No place (but London?): no date (ca. 1820?).
2 pp., small 4to, written in brown ink on one side and addressed on the other with a watercolor drawing by Cruikshank.
§ A tantalizing letter: addressed only to “Mr. Cumberland,” it is tempting to hope it might be George Cumberland, especially because the letter mentions a “Mr. B,” who one would like to think might be Blake but is probably Bewick. The letter reads (in part): “If convenient please to send me the dust . . . have you any command please to write a few lines . . . will you request Mr. B to send me some word I have sent to him but have only one block back.” Boldly signed “R Ck.” On the verso is written “Mr. Cumberland” beside a charming watercolor of an exceptionally portly gentleman in a hat and an exceptionally skinny figure doffing his hat (perhaps the artist importuning his patron?). A search of Blake Records failed to locate a single reference to Robert Cruikshank but, of course, hundreds to Cumberland. A more likely possibility is John Cumberland, the publisher whose Cumberland’s Minor Theatre was illustrated by Cruikshank. Item #5360