PEAKE, Richard Brinsley. 15290



Autograph Letter Signed, to R.W.Crowther, saying that he had declined permission for the “Climbing Boy” to be acted at the Olympic Theatre and “that the money should be sued for in my name”. 1 page 7 x 4½ inches. Queen’s Elm, 6 May 1844. Richard Brinsley Peake (1792 – 1847), author and dramatist, best remembered today for his 1823 play Presumption; or, the Fate of Frankenstein, a work based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Peake wrote numerous articles for the periodicals; with a few exceptions all of his articles were published in Bentley’s Miscellany. Peake wrote the accompanying text for the picture-book French Characteristic Costumes (1816); a comedic book of Cockney sports entitled Snobson’s ‘Seasons’ (1838); Cartouche, the Celebrated French Robber (1844) in three-volumes; and a two-volume biography of a theatrical family, Memoirs of the Colman Family (1841).