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. This delightful, mid eighteenth century copperplate panorama of the Suffolk town of Bury St.Edmunds (as is in known as today), highlights a town that is well advanced, orderly and well spread out. The landmarks of the town are quite easily seen, and well engraved. Bury St.Edmunds was a royal Saxon town. It has a monastery that was founded in 633. In 869, the then Saxon King Edmund was slain by the Danes, and in 903 was buried there. As a result of this, the monastery, had over time, become a site of pilgrimage. The town is always associated with the hugely significant English document The Magna Carta. Powerful and influential barons met in the town in 1214 to force King John to accept the charter, which he duly did in the next year. By the fourteenth century the town was rich and expanding, due in part to its flourishing trade in cloth making, and the woolen trade. Beer and malting also have associations with the town. In general, the condition of the panorama is excellent. 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 for forty years. Description prepared for Arader Galleries by Ian Williams.