17.75 x 33.75 Inches.
Samuel and Nathaniel Buck were brothers who were born in Yorkshire, England at around the turn of the 18th century. After spending their formative years in the north, they moved south to the great bustling metropolis that was London, as so many rural people did in those days, seeking their possible fame and fortune. As young men, around 1724, they set out and began an ambitious work to traverse each and every county within England and Wales. They began to engrave and prepare the particular countys antiquities be they free standing or semi ruinous castles, stately homes, or religious and monastic buildings of importance and consequence although many were in an extremely poor state of neglect and abject disrepair after the first King Henry VIII in the 16th century, and then Oliver Cromwell later in the 17th century had their respective religious purges. It was during the preparation of these collections of county antiquities that the Buck brothers struck on the novel idea to also engrave some of the more important cities and towns. So, in my opinion, what resulted was the most wondrous, most influential and most important topographical undertaking that was ever done of England and Wales, not only of the 18th century but also for many years afterward. Prior to Bucks magnificent copper plate panoramas, virtually nothing had been done to depict views of significant English cities and towns. Only a handful were included in the atlas by Braun and Hogenberg in their Civitates Orbis Terrurum published in Cologne in 1581. I honestly feel that there is nothing at all to compare with these exquisite panoramas, in terms of technical skill, engraved detail and sheer scale and size. I also feel that a huge debt of gratitude is owed to these two enterprising and ambitious brothers, who have left us not only with a wonderful and enduring legacy, but also a truly unique glimpse and brief insight into an English way of life that can never be replicated nor indeed pass our way ever again. The town of Derby lies in the English midlands, on the River Derwent, and in its time it has been a Viking, a Roman, and a Saxon settlement. During the English Civil War many parliamentarian troops were garrisoned in the town. During the Industrial Revolution, Derby became increasingly important, firstly as a center for hosiery (stockings), and then as a center for cotton spinning mills. In Samuel and Nathaniel Bucks fine copperplate prospective view of the town in 1728, we see a small but lively looking town with activity on the river, and on the water meadows beside it. We view horses grazing, and being ridden, we see people out for a stroll, a gaze upon a fine depiction of a local gentlemans garden. This panorama is an altogether pleasant, vibrant, rural vista. On closer inspection, we can also view the towns churches, the silk mills, (used for the making of gentlemans stockings), and lastly, the bridge out of the town that would allow you to take the road to either the nearby city of Nottingham, or to the Derbyshire town of Chesterfield. This is a rare and significant opportunity to acquire one of these much sort after panoramas by Englands premier topographical engravers, and is entirely in keeping with Arader Galleries fine and long standing tradition of only offering items of the highest quality. Description prepared for Arader Galleries by Ian Williams.