After Thomas Stothard The Pilgrimage to Canterbury, engraved by Louis Schiavonetti and James Heath 1809–17

Artwork details

Artist
After Thomas Stothard 1755–1834
Title
The Pilgrimage to Canterbury, engraved by Louis Schiavonetti and James Heath
Date 1809–17
Medium Etching and engraving on paper
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 269 x 958 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1994
Reference
T06857
Not on display

Display caption

Robert Cromek, who had commissioned the original painting of the Canterbury Pilgrims from Stothard, was eager to have the image engraved. In fact this engraving was not published until 1817, by which time Cromek had died.

The print was a great commercial success. In 1855 it was said that ‘few, if any, engravings of that period were so popular with the public’. A key to the figures in the picture is printed under the image.

September 2004

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