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Reliefs Depicting Chaucer and the Canterbury Pilgrims, Venerable Bede and Early Literary Saints, King Alfred and Medieval Chroniclers
Reliefs Depicting Chaucer and the Canterbury Pilgrims, Venerable Bede and Early Literary Saints, King Alfred and Medieval Chroniclers
Reliefs Depicting Chaucer and the Canterbury Pilgrims, Venerable Bede and Early Literary Saints, King Alfred and Medieval Chroniclers
Reliefs Depicting Chaucer and the Canterbury Pilgrims, Venerable Bede and Early Literary Saints, King Alfred and Medieval Chroniclers

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Gothic panels containing twenty-one life-size figures almost in the round. They represent early English writers from Bede to Chaucer, together with some of the characters they created. They are contained in three segmental-arched recesses set above the oriel windows of the first floor. Each figure was identified by the sculptor. The panel on the right contains Chaucer, at the centre, and pilgrims from 'The Canterbury Tales'. The three characters to Chaucer’s right are the Miller, the Merchant and the Wife of Bath; to his left are the Prioress, the Knight and the Man of Law.The central panel has the Venerable Bede surrounded by other English writers. Saint Aidan, Saint Chad, and Saint Augustine are to Bede’s right and Saint Cuthbert, Saint Paulinus and Caedmon, the earliest poet whose name has survived, are to his left.

Title

Reliefs Depicting Chaucer and the Canterbury Pilgrims, Venerable Bede and Early Literary Saints, King Alfred and Medieval Chroniclers

Date

1905

Medium

Portland stone

Measurements

H 190 x W 370 x D (?) cm

Accession number

BS1_PF_S043

Work type

Statue

Owner

Bristol City Council

Custodian

Bristol City Council

Work status

extant

Listing status

Grade I (England and Wales)

Listing date

01/11/66

Access

at all times

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Located at

College Green, Central Library, Bristol City

BS1 5TL

Set at the east end of Deanery Road opposite City Council House.