Henry Peacham

Date 1578-1644?
Biographical NotesWriter and illustrator. Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. From 1600-1607 he was a schoolmaster at Kimbolton School, Huntingdonshire. In 1612 he departed for Europe and travelled to France, Germany, and the Low Countries, where he made the acquaintance of Sir John Ogle. Upon his return he began teaching once more, first at the free grammar school in Wymondham, Norfolk, then at London, St Martin-in-the-Fields, and then at Boston in East Anglia.

In 1622 he published 'The Compleat Gentleman', the work for which he is best remembered. It is a work of courtesy literature, to a large extent inspired by his own experiences of the continental tour, and his conviction of the inferiority of contemporary English education. Peacham is also remembered for his significant contribution to English emblem literature. See ODNB.
Work(s)Author of [Of Travaile in Peacham's The Compleat Gentleman] (1622) in The Compleat Gentleman Fashioning him Absolute in the Most Necessary & Commendable Qualities Concerning Minde or Bodie that may be Required in a Noble Gentleman