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Chaucer's Canterbury Pilgrims

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1856,0209.326

  • Title (object)

    • Chaucer's Canterbury Pilgrims
  • Description

    An open landscape with buildings towards the left; a procession of male and female figures (Characters from "The Canterbury Tales"), mostly on horseback, travelling towards the right. c.1810-20 Engraving and etching

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1810 (1st state was 1810; this is the 3rd state as described by Essick)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 353 millimetres
    • Width: 942 millimetres (trimmed within platemark)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image with the names of the pilgrims ("Reeve", "Chaucer", "Clerk of Oxenford" etc.); lettered below with object title; lettered below with production and publication detail, "Painted in Fresco by William Blake & by him Engraved & Published October 8. 1810, at No. 28. Corner of Broad Street / Golden Square".
  • Curator's comments

    Two letterpress advertisements for this work (1894,0612.37-38) are at location 1.c.6. For a smaller print of this subject by Blake, produced to illustrate a pamphlet advertising the work, see 1874,1212.186.

  • Bibliography

    • Bindman 1978 477 bibliographic details
    • Essick 1983 XVI(3G) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Panoramic)

  • Exhibition history

    1992 Jun-Nov, Essen, Villa Hugel, London 1800-1838
    2000 Apr-Jun, Helsinki City Art Gallery, 'William Blake' 2000 Sep-Nov, Prague Castle, 'William Blake'
    2003 Mar-Nov, London, Tate Britain, William Blake, New Displays 2003
    2009 Apr-Oct, London, Tate Britain, William Blake 1809 exhibition

  • Associated names

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: The Canterbury Tales
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1856

  • Acquisition notes

    Essick writes: "Acquired for the Museum on 9 February 1846 [sic. actually 1856] from R. H. Evans. This is the same date on which the Museum acquired from Evans "Albion Rose," impression 1A, and other Blake works sold at auction on 15 June 1846 from the collection of William Upcott. There is no "Chaucers Canterbury Pilgrims" listed in the Upcott sale catalogue, but it may have been included in any of several miscellaneous lots of unidentified prints". (Essick 1983). NB Essick was misinformed. The print came from A E Evans, and had been lodged with Carpenter on 10 February 1855.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1856,0209.326

An open landscape with buildings towards the l; a procession of male and female figures (Characters from "The Canterbury Tales"), mostly on horseback, travelling towards the r.  c.1810-20  Engraving and etching

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An open landscape with buildings towards the l; a procession of male and female figures (Characters from "The Canterbury Tales"), mostly on horseback, travelling towards the r. c.1810-20 Engraving and etching

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