Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 224 (no. 692).
The drawing is inscribed by WMR as the portrait of William North (1824-1854), a young poet, novelist, literary entrepreneur, and atheist who was consulted in the publishing of
Fredeman, Correspondence, 48. 9n
where we have as much biographical information about him as is presently known (he is not in the DNB). See also
WMR, Family Letters, 48-49
where North is described as
“an eccentric literary man, not without a spice of genius, of whom we then saw a goodish deal—author of Anti-Coningsby, The Infinite Republic, and other works. Not very long after this he emigrated to the United States, and in 1854 committed suicide.”