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. Pembroke Castle, in the year 1457, witnessed the royal birth of King Henry VII of England. Henry was the first Tudor monarch, and the last king to gain his crown in the field of battle; Henry defeated Richard III at The Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. Samuel and Nathaniel Buck published their magnificent copperplate engraving of the town of Pembroke in 1748, with the castle given great prominence. The castle began life as a Norman motte and bailey construction, but around the end of the twelfth century, a local nobleman built a more secure, and substantial stone based castle. There were later additions in the late thirteenth century. In 1814 the navy established a dockyard in the town. In the foreground of this superbly detailed panorama, we find gentlefolk chatting, and admiring the town from their side of the river. A bridge crossing the river, and boats on the river are both highlighted. The town wall, a tower and a church can be seen to the left, while more central to the panorama is St.Marys Church, and the road to Haverford West. To the right we see two more churches are depicted. This engraving shows a very pretty Welsh town to its fullest aesthetic potential. There is slight discoloration to the centerfold. 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.