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 fine and handsome copperplate panorama of Newcastle upon Tyne by the brothers Samuel and Nathaniel Buck, show a town that is full of hustle and bustle and fiz. The wonderful River Tyne is full of maritime activity, and is littered with boating craft of all kinds. Most appear to be ferrymen transporting either goods or passengers. We can view the magnificent bridge that crosses the Tyne from Gateshead in Co. Durham to Newcastle in Northumberland. Many people are seen at the Quayside, no doubt servicing the many ships that are tied up there, or are at anchor awaiting fresh supplies. Newcastle is depicted not only as a well established, tightly packed town, but as a desirable place in which to live. The town walls are clearly visible, as are gardens, windmills, and the towns assorted churches, the most prominent of which is St.Nicholas. Some public buildings and the odd square can be made out on closer inspection, as can local stately homes in the distance, beyond the town. Newcastle has for many years been Englands great northern fortress, where great armies would be gather and muster. Trade, via the river Tyne was always vital to the towns prosperity, and during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, Newcastle traded vigorously in commodities such as: wool, skins, hides, lead, timber and perhaps most importantly coal. This truly glorious panorama shows in exquisite depth and detail, one of Englands greatest northern towns in all of its full mercantile splendor. 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.