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Geoffrey Chaucer

(1340?-1400), Poet

Sitter in 22 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 - NPG 532

Geoffrey Chaucer

after Unknown artist
oil on panel, (after 1400)
NPG 532

Geoffrey Chaucer, by Robert Vaughan - NPG D24079

Geoffrey Chaucer

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

Geoffrey Chaucer, by George Vertue - NPG D24073

Geoffrey Chaucer

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

Geoffrey Chaucer, after Unknown artist - NPG D24076

Geoffrey Chaucer

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

Geoffrey Chaucer, published by John Hinton - NPG D24078

Geoffrey Chaucer

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

Geoffrey Chaucer, by George Naylor - NPG D20206

Geoffrey Chaucer

by George Naylor
mezzotint, 18th century
NPG D20206

Geoffrey Chaucer, by George Vertue, after  Unknown artist - NPG D32930

Geoffrey Chaucer

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

'Worthies of Britain' (Edmund Spenser; Geoffrey Chaucer; John Fletcher; Francis Beaumont), by Francis Kyte, printed and sold by  John Bowles - NPG 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

'Poets and Philosophers of England', by John Simon - NPG D41665

'Poets and Philosophers of England'

by John Simon
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D41665

'Poets and Philosophers of England', by John Simon - NPG D3192

'Poets and Philosophers of England'

by John Simon
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D3192

Geoffrey Chaucer, by George Vertue - NPG D19317

Geoffrey Chaucer

by George Vertue
engraving, engraved 1728
NPG D19317

Geoffrey Chaucer, by George Vertue, after  Unknown artist - NPG D33018

Geoffrey Chaucer

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

Geoffrey Chaucer, by George Vertue, after  Unknown artist - NPG D33019

Geoffrey Chaucer

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

Geoffrey Chaucer, by George Vertue, after  Unknown artist - NPG D16238

Geoffrey Chaucer

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

Geoffrey Chaucer, by Jacobus Houbraken - NPG D24074

Geoffrey Chaucer

by Jacobus Houbraken
line engraving, published 1741
NPG D24074

Geoffrey Chaucer, by Joseph Collyer the Younger - NPG D24075

Geoffrey Chaucer

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

Geoffrey Chaucer, after Unknown artist - NPG D24077

Geoffrey Chaucer

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

Geoffrey Chaucer, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Charles Knight - NPG D14532

Geoffrey Chaucer

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Charles Knight
line engraving, published circa 1833
NPG D14532

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