1 of 23 portraits of Geoffrey Chaucer
after Unknown artist
oil on panel, late 16th century, based on a work of 1400
12 in. x 10 3/4 in. (305 mm x 273 mm)
Transferred from British Museum, 1879
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This small portrait may have been produced as part of a series for a library in the years when Chaucer's reputation was growing. It appears to derive, like all other portraits of Chaucer, from an illustration in an early fifteenth-century manuscript, Hoccleve's De Regimine Principum.
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