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 Bucks 1731 copperplate prospect of the town of Warwick shows an attractive town that sits comfortably beside the River Avon, and is nestled in amongst wooded greenery. The two most imposing features of the town are the castle, and St. Marys church. Upon close inspection, you will see other important civil and religious buildings. A few examples being; The County hall, The Market House, The Sessions House, The Priory, Guys Tower and St. James Church. There is an enormous amount of open space in the foreground. It is given over to people on horse back, cattle grazing, friends walking, and talking with one another, and a horse and carriage taking someone of note back into the town. The origins of Warwick, go back to the tenth century and the Anglo Saxon era. When the Normans came in 1066, they quickly built a castle in Warwick, which was to become the seat of the powerful Earls of Warwick. King Edward IV was once imprisoned there, and King Henry II kept French prisoners of war there after the Battle of Poitiers in 1356. During the English Civil War, the town was garrisoned by the Parliamentarians, who held out against Royalist forces. In 1694 a colossal fire destroyed much of medieval Warwick, although some fine, ancient buildings survive today on the outskirts of the town. At some point during the seventeenth century, the then Earl of Warwick, Sir Fulke Greville, decided to convert the medieval castle into his country home. This magnificent panorama of Warwick depicts an English Midlands town that has a long, rich and interesting past. 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.