Panel C15

Iconic Moment No. 16 

Chatterton in Brooke Street

Age: still only 17 and he won't reach 18

Brooke Street, Holborn, London

Brooke Street, Holborn

Part of Letter VI from A Hunter of Oddities

Town & Country Magazine June 1770

Chatterton has moved, from the restrictions and lack of privacy of Shoreditch, to his own room at Holborn and, more to the point, he can control what his family in Bristol might be told about his situation - nobody can belie him now, but he has just 12 weeks and 1 day to live.

Brook Street was a somewhat sleazy and run-down area, but now, at last, he had the privacy he craved. The privacy he needed to put pen to paper and bring to light the works filling his head.

Arbitrarily, I choose June to be Chatterton's first day in Brooke Street. The Death of Nicou, was dated Brooke-Street, 12th June. His letter to his mother dated the 14th May, states 'Direct for me, at Mr. Walmsley's, at Shoreditch - only, so at that point in time he had no plans to be anywhere else.

Works during the period: 1 June 1770 to 24 August 1770 (The Night Chatterton Died):


Authentic Works: 

The Death of Nicou, an African Eclogue (Panel C15-1)

Letter 6 from A Hunter of Oddities

Maria Friendless Letter

Exhibition of Sign Paintings, at the West End of the Town

To Mary Chatterton, 19, 29 June 1770

Speech of Sir John de Beauchamp

The False Step, a Real History

To Miss B-----sh, of Bristol

The Revenge, A Burletta (Panel C15-2)

A Bacchanalian sung by Mr. Reinhold

The Invitation to be sung by Mrs. Barthelemon and by Master Cheney

A Bacchanalian

The Virgin's Choice

The Happy Pair

Betsy of the Hill

A Burlesque Cantata

Burletta. The Woman of Spirit

To Thomas Cary, 1st July 1770

Genuine Copy of a Letter from the Earl of C---------d to the Hon. Mr. C----

An Excelente Balade of Charitie (Panel C15-3) - Not Ready Yet

To Sarah Chatterton, 8 July 1770

To Mary Chatterton, 11 July 1770

To Mary Chatterton, 20 July 1770

The Art of Puffing by a Bookseller's Journeyman

Memoirs of a Sad Dog

An African Song

Menenius. To William Lord M-----d

From George Catcott, 12 August 1770

Decimus. To Dr. Newton Bishop of Bristol

The Happy Pair. A Tale


Colin Instructed

To John Rudhall and Baster, n.d

Impromtu on the Immortality of the Soul

To a Friend on His Intended Marriage

The Resignation

From an Unknown Girl, n.d. The Letter Paraphras'd (Panel C15-4)

To William Smith, n.d.

WODA (Works of Doubtful Authenticity):

An Elegy on the Much Lamented Death of William Beckford, Esq (Panel C15-5) - Not Ready Yet.

Anecdote on Judge Jeffries;

The Last Verses Written by Chatterton (Panel C15-6) - Not Ready Yet.

And 35 other items

LOW (Lost Works):


Works Wrongly Attributed WWACKY):

In Flux and Subject to Collaboration - it's only a start! (.Q.)

Panel C15-1

The Death of Nicou,

an African Eclogue

Written June 1770 - Published June 1770

The Death of Nicou was first published in The London Magazine in June 1770, with the signature 'C,' Brooke Street, June 12.  Can't find my copy of London, so here is the 2nd printing from the 1778 edition of Chatterton's Miscellanies in Prose and Verse, which derives its text from The London Magazine.  The two editions  differ only in some additional punctuation in the 1778.  Click to view the 1778 edition [...view]

In Flux and Subject to Collaboration - Working here Boss! (.Q.)

Panel C15-2

Iconic Moment No. 17

The Revenge, A Burletta

Acted at Marybone Gardens 1770

Written 1770 - Published 1795

Age: 17, Brooke Street,  Holborn

Chatterton Manuscript

Bristol Library B20932

The Revenge, A Burletta,

Acted at Marybone Gardens,

MDCCLXX (1770)

With Additional Songs:

Currently this Manuscript

Is in Two Parts

One Part at the British Museum

The Other Part at Bristol Library

It's Time to Make it Whole again

Bristol Library Manuscript

Lines 25 - 52 only; B20932 [...view]

Printed edition, published 1795

(.Q's copy) [...view]

British Library Manuscript

Lines 1-24; 53-443; 496-576

Plus the first two songs as per 1795;

Ref No. Add. 12050 [...No Link Yet]

A Nice Job for a Collaborator


Photograph this manuscript.

In Flux and Subject to Collaboration - it's only a start! (.Q.)