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Title

Chaucer's Canterbury pilgrims


Artist

William Blake

England

1757 - 1827


About

Although he worked as a reproductive engraver in his youth Blake was committed to the idea that engraving should not merely be regarded as a second rate medium serving only a reproductive role. He modelled his approach on the example of Dürer and the early northern engravers and deliberately attempted to emulate the hard linear qualities and archaic stiffness he saw in their work. The image shows Chaucer and the 29 pilgrims of ‘The Canterbury Tales’ in procession, riding out from the Tabard Inn in Southwark at the beginning of their journey to Canterbury.


Details


Date

1810


Media category

Print


Materials used

engraving


Edition

v of 5 states


Dimensions

35.5 x 95.4 cm (platemark)


Credit

Purchased 1949


Location

Not on display


Accession number

8521


Artist information

William Blake

Works in the collection

41