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 tr Plymouth, set deep into the west country county of Devon, has a long and endlessly fascinating history. This history can be traced back as far as the Bronze Age. The Romans used it as one of their main trading posts for there entire empire. The town also has a long and distinguished association with all manner of maritime activities. Ships of all kinds have been built at Plymouth down the centuries, be they small fishing vessels to modern day aircraft carriers. In Samuel and Nathaniel Bucks superb rendering of Plymouth in 1736, we can clearly see a great amount of maritime activity going on; Ships and craft are found on the River Tamar itself, in The Sound, in Sutton Pool and in Catwater, but to name a few places. Everywhere you cast your eye, there is a reference to something either directly or indirectly connected to the maritime, be they buildings like; The Eddystone Lighthouse, a hospital for sailors, the docks and dockside, or naturally occuring objects like; Reading Point, Mill Bay and Fishers Nose. It was, as the story goes, on Plymouth Hoe, that the great Elizabethan sailor, Sir Francis Drake insisted on finishing his game of bowls, thus allowing the winds to change direction, and Drake time to inflict a humiliating defeat on Philip the Seconds Spanish Armada in the English Channel. A little later in 1620, the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for their new world colony in Massachusetts, in The Americas. Like most big towns, Plymouth sided with parliament during the English Civil War, and as a result, the town was besieged by Royalist forces between 1642 and 1646. This is a wonderful panorama of a town that has contributed much to the fabric, and richness of English history. 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.