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 city of Winchester in the southern English county of Hampshire is arguably one of the most important historic city in the country. It was the ancient capital of Wessex in Anglo Saxon England. In has in its time been the capital of England. William the Conqueror had himself crowned both in Winchester and in London. It is the county town of Hampshire. The streets of Winchester still to this day run according to a rough street plan devised by Alfred the Great in the ninth century, whose statue can be clearly seen today in the city centre. In 1382, William of Wykeham, a very powerful man in his day, who was Bishop of Winchester, and the chancellor to both King Edward III and King Richard II, founded and established a college in the city. Winchester College is one of the five great early English Public (fee paying) Schools. The college has in its time produced numerous top civil servants, explorers, a Prime Minister, top sportsmen, and top politicians of all persuasions and mavericks a plenty. Samuel and Nathaniel Buck provide a truly sumptuous copperplate prospect of Winchester. It taken from a hill, and shows most clearly the many fine and ancient buildings both of religious and of public significance that are housed within this fine and noble city. On the extreme left of the panorama, we see St. Cross Hospital, then across to the College School, which is seen alongside the Bishops Place and St. Michaels Church. Moving closer in, you see the ancient south gate, and the magnificent cathedral. Then Kings Palace is seen with the County Hall, and the western gate. 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.