THE SOUTH PROSPECT OF NOTTINGHAM. 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. In Samuel and Nathaniel Bucks 1743 copperplate panorama of the town of Nottingham, we see a most pleasing view of an attractive, well balanced, and orderly town. The eleventh century Norman castle is viewed on the extreme left, while St. Peters Church is depicted in the middle, and out to the right we see St. Marys Church and the Glass House. In between these local buildings of note, the town proper of Nottingham is elegantly squeezed in. In the foreground we view some delightful recreational open spaces and parkland being utilized to the full by townspeople out taking the air or watching some cattle graze, and horses buck, prance and play near to them. The Industrial Revolution saw Nottingham boom, primarily through the textile trade, and in lace especially. However, despite this boom, poor public planning saw Nottingham possess some of the worst slums in Europe at that time. Nottingham as a place will be forever linked with the tales and ballads of Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men who lived in nearby Sherwood Forest, They, as legend has it, stole from the rich, and gave to the poor. It is hard to pin down an exact date for these alleged daring deeds, but it could be as early as the thirteenth century. There is slight discoloration to the centerfold. 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.