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. Samuel and Nathaniel Buck in 1749, produced a real gem of a copperplate engraving, when they published their north east view of the town of Richmond in North Yorkshire. The town is situated on the edge of the stunningly beautiful Yorkshire dales, and the River Swale. Richmond is a town of rare beauty and elegance. Who, that gazes down upon this scene of rural tranquility and utter bliss, would not wish (even in part) to dwell there? We see folk in Cling-Wood, either hunting game with their guns, or just relaxing, whilst resting from taking a long and exhausting walk. This elegant Georgian town has gently spread out from the ancient castle and medieval churches, and now encroaches into nearby woodland. Plenty of inviting open space is seen between the town and the river, and many town houses, including the vicarage, have large and well tendered gardens on display. This Buck panorama is the perfect blend of superb craftsmanship (of the highest level), great detail and accuracy, and of an almost flawless aesthetic beauty - no mean feat to achieve! There is slight discoloration to the centerfold .This is truly 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.