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Palamon and Arcita

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1787 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chesham, Francis, born 1749 - died 1806 (engraver)
    Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case J, shelf 4, box B

Physical description

Plate depicting Palamon and Arcita.

Place of Origin

London (published)


1787 (published)


Chesham, Francis, born 1749 - died 1806 (engraver)
Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'Drawn by Mortimer London published Feby 12th 1787 by J R Smith No.31 King Street Covent Garden'
Lettered with title, etc. and


Height: 24.5 cm, Length: 18.1 cm

Object history note

Another impression of this engraving, a plate from Mortimer's Works..., published by Thomas Palser, London, 1816, is in the Department of Prints and Drawings, E.3697-1902. Other engravings after J. H. Mortimer from the Canterbury Tales, by J. Hogg, J. K. Sherwin and E. Williams, are E.391-939, 477, 480-1961.

Descriptive line

'Palamon and Arcita'. Engraving by Francis Chesham, after John Hamilton Mortimer. Plate from an edition of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, published by John Raphael Smith, London, 1787.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1960 and 1961 London: HMSO, 1964



Subjects depicted





Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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