Geoffrey Chaucer(1340?-1400), Poet
Sitter in 23 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.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below
by Unknown engraver
after Unknown artist
woodcut, published 1684
by Francis Kyte, printed and sold by John Bowles
mezzotint, circa 1725-1745
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