Robert Hartley Cromek

(1770—1812) engraver and literary entrepreneur

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(1720–1812) Engraver. He appears also to have been a shifty literary speculator who made many enemies, notably William Blake. He published Reliques of Burns in 1808, and in 1810 a volume of Select Scottish Songs by Robert Burns. In the same year he published Remains of Nithsdale and Galloway Song, much of which consisted of the poems of Allan Cunningham, which the author had disguised as ancient songs. It seems probable that Cromek knew of and ignored the deception. Blake expressed his enmity in the couplet, ‘A petty, sneaking knave I knew | O! Mr Cr——, how do ye do?’

From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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