Geoffrey Chaucer.In the Collection of Sr. Hans Sloane Bart.
[London: J. Harrison] Publish'd as the Act directs, June 25 1785.
Engraving, 290 x 200mm. 11½ x 8".
Oval portrait of Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1343 - 1400), English author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Although he wrote many works, he is best remembered for his unfinished frame narrative 'The Canterbury Tales'. Sometimes called the father of English literature, Chaucer is credited by some scholars as the first author to demonstrate the artistic legitimacy of the vernacular English language, rather than French or Latin. Artist unknown. For the English translation of Rapin de Thoyras's 'History of England', John Harrison 1784-89.
See BL HS.74/934.
[Ref: 21685] £130.00