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

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Artist
Thomas Stothard 1755–1834
Title
Sketch for ‘The Pilgrimage to Canterbury’, with a compositional sketch, a key to the figures, and studies of heads and figures
Date 1806–7
Medium Ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 114 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Henry Vaughan 1891
Reference
A00877
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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.

August 2004

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