THE NORTH WEST PROSPECT OF THE CITY OF GLOUCESTER Buck, Samuel and Nathaniel

$ 5,525.00

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 countys 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 Bucks 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 published their prospective copperplate view of the city in 1734. What can be seen is a handsome, inviting and prosperous city, with many fine buildings, both public and private. The center piece of course, is the magnificent cathedral, which dominates the skyline, and is the burial place of King Edward II. The cathedral began life much earlier as an abbey in the seventh century. Gloucester itself was founded by the Romans in the mid fifth century, and is the county town of the westerly English county of Gloucestershire, and is pleasantly situated by the River Severn. This is easily seen in the panorama, as well as spacious land all around the city. Numerous activities can be noted everywhere: fishing on the river, tradesmen with pack horses, livestock grazing, boats busily plying their trades and so on. Medieval commerce and trade came in the form of; wool, brought in from nearby Cotswold farms, fishing, leather goods and iron weapons and tools. On a much more modern note, the cloisters of the great cathedral have been used in many of corridor scenes for many of the Harry Potter films. This is a rare and significant opportunity to acquire one of these much sort after panoramas by Englands 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.