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 town of Dover has traditionally been the entry and exit point to and from England to Europe, and further afield. As such, it has long been one of the most important towns in the county. When William the Conqueror ordered his all encompassing Doomsday book of 1086, Dover is the very first entry in it. Although an ancient settlement site, Dover really began to see increased activity levels during the Roman period of occupation. Dover became the chief port for the transportation of goods, and of its large army. Around the time of the Norman Invasion, 5 southern coastal ports came together to form what is still known as The (5) Cinque Ports. These ports, of which Dover is one, would pledge to provide the King of the time, men and ships for fifteen days each year. Most famously, Dover possesses the White Cliffs that are clearly seen from afar when entering England from the channel. Samuel and Nathaniel Bucks amazing copperplate prospect of 1739 finds a busy town, with many vessels of varying sizes are found either battling the channel waters, or about to enter the safer, calmer waters of the inner harbor. The White Cliffs are very clearly defined. The ancient castle can be seen high on a cliff above the Georgian town below, and as your eye follows downwards, and along the panorama, you will find forts, piers, churches, townsfolk walking along the sands and a great deal of housing. This is a panorama that displays a very important and strategic town that has had an enormous part to play within English history. 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. Description prepared for Arader Galleries by Ian Williams.