Allan Cunningham(1784-1842), Writer
Sitter in 4 portraits
Scottish-born Cunningham worked initially as a stonemason's apprentice, but spent his leisure time reading and writing imitations of old Scottish ballads. He contributed some songs to Roche's Literary Recreations in 1807, and in 1809 he submitted several ballads for Robert Cromek's Remains of Nithsdale and Galloway Song. Cromek thought them poor imitations of Burns, but Cunningham submitted others and Cromek published them. In 1810 Cunningham moved to London, and worked as a journalist. In 1814 he became secretary to sculptor, Francis Chantrey, a post he kept until Chantrey's death in 1841. He continued to write and published many articles, books and songs.