Fine mezzotint with margins. Plate 152 x 114mm. 6 x 4½".
Geoffrey Chaucer, bearded and wearing a hood, with a pen case hanging from a ribbon around his neck. Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1343-1400), known as the Father of English literature, was an author, philosopher, alchemist and astronomer and maintained an active career in the civil service as a bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. He was a crucial figure in developing the legitamacy of vernacular Middle English at a time when French and Latin dominanted England. He is remembered for his unfinished frame narrative 'The Canterbury Tales'.
CS: undescribed; for another portrait of Chaucer from the same source image see ref. 24855.
[Ref: 24004] £160.00