Miller of Trompington and Two Scholars.Reve's Tale. Chaucer. Vol 2:nd Page 193.
London published Feby 12 1787, by J R Smith No31 King Street Covent Garden.
Etching and engraving with very large margins. Plate 242 x 184mm. 9½ x 7¼". Crease and small hole outside the plate to upper right.
From Chaucer's 'The Reeve's Tale'; the miller talking to two scholars who stand to right in caps and gowns, one gesturing towards a laden horse which the miller regards with open arms, while a woman watches the scene from a window in the mill above. From a series of nine illustrations for Chaucer's Canterbury Tales designed by Mortimer, probably for an edition which was abandoned before publication. According to the British Museum, the page numbers on the illustrations do not correspond to any know editions.
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