Henry Fothergill Chorley (1808-1872). Literary and drama critic for the Athenaeum from 1833. His early insistence on forthright critical judgements, which helped to confirm the ethos of impartiality which the Athenaeum wished to create, gradually hardened into prejudice against the innovative. A friend of Mary Mitford, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning, Chorley also wrote novels, poetry and plays but failed to achieve critical success.