Thomas Stothard

Sketch for ‘The Pilgrimage to Canterbury’, with a compositional sketch, a key to the figures, and studies of heads and figures

1806–7

Artist
Thomas Stothard 1755–1834
Medium
Ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Henry Vaughan 1891
Reference
A00877

Not on display

Display caption

Stothard chose to break up his long composition of the Canterbury Pilgrims into five groups. Each is dominated by a prominent figure in Chaucer’s text: the Host, the Squire, Chaucer, the Wife of Bath, and the Cook. 
In these sketches Stothard tries out studies for the Squire, and also experiments with the whole composition and the key to the characters.

Gallery label, August 2004