after Thomas Stothard

The Pilgrimage to Canterbury, engraved by Louis Schiavonetti and James Heath

1809–17

Medium
Etching and engraving on paper
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 269 x 958 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1994
Reference
T06857

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.

Gallery label, September 2004