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Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?-1400), Poet

Sitter in 21 portraits
The son of a London vintner, Chaucer spent much of his life in the service of the crown. His poetry reflects the influence of the countries to which he was sent on various missions. The period of French influence lasted from 1359-72; that of Italian, in which he was influenced by Boccaccio whom he met, from 1372-86; and finally his mature style which lasted from 1386 to his death in 1400. It was during this period that he wrote The Canterbury Tales, the first book published by printing press in England.

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Geoffrey Chaucer

after Unknown artist
oil on panel, (after 1400)
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D24079

Geoffrey Chaucer

by Robert Vaughan
line engraving, probably 17th century
NPG D24079

D24073

Geoffrey Chaucer

by George Vertue
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D24073

D24076

Geoffrey Chaucer

after Unknown artist
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D24076

D24078

Geoffrey Chaucer

published by John Hinton
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D24078

D20206

Geoffrey Chaucer

by George Naylor
mezzotint, 18th century
NPG D20206

D32930

Geoffrey Chaucer

by George Vertue, after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1717
NPG D32930

D20292

'Worthies of Britain' (Edmund Spenser; Geoffrey Chaucer; John Fletcher; Francis Beaumont)

by Francis Kyte, printed and sold by John Bowles
mezzotint, circa 1725-1745
NPG D20292

D41665

'Poets and Philosophers of England'

by John Simon
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D41665

D3192

'Poets and Philosophers of England'

by John Simon
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D3192

D19317

Geoffrey Chaucer

by George Vertue
engraving, engraved 1728
NPG D19317

D33018

Geoffrey Chaucer

by George Vertue, after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1737
NPG D33018

D33019

Geoffrey Chaucer

by George Vertue, after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1737
NPG D33019

D16238

Geoffrey Chaucer

by George Vertue, after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1737
NPG D16238

D24074

Geoffrey Chaucer

by Jacobus Houbraken
line engraving, published 1741
NPG D24074

D24075

Geoffrey Chaucer

by Joseph Collyer the Younger
line engraving, published 1774
NPG D24075

D24077

Geoffrey Chaucer

after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, possibly early 19th century
NPG D24077

D32927

Geoffrey Chaucer

after Unknown artist
collotype, late 19th century or early 20th century
NPG D32927