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 fine copperplate panorama of the North Yorkshire town of Scarborough shows what a Georgian gem it had become by 1745. Scarborough has some justification in claiming to be Englands first seaside town. In 1626, one Elizabeth Farrow discovered acidic water flowing from one of the town's many cliffs, which in turn gave rise to Scarborough becoming a fashionable Spa town. The origins of the town are far less genteel and refined. Although there is much evidence to suggest that the area around Scarborough is perhaps Stone Age and Bronze Age, the town itself was first settled by Viking raiders in the tenth century. The town was burnt to the ground a few times, but was resilient enough to survive until King Henry II built a castle on some older ruins, and granted a number of charters to enable it to trade and flourish. One such grant was a six week trading fair that attracted merchants from all over Europe. The fair ran for over 500 years (thirteenth until the eighteenth centuries) from Assumption Day to Michaelmas Day. The highly successful song writing, and performing duo of Simon and Garfunkel commemorated the fair in their lovely hit ballad: Are you going to Scarborough Fair? In this strong, vibrant English scene, we see (for Georgian times) some very intrepid bathers venturing out into the cold North Sea in the very newest rolling bathing machines. Many wealthy peoples carriages and their liveried footmen await their masters and mistresses on the sands. The town itself is very pleasantly set between Blands Cliffe and the castle ruins on the hill over looking the town.This is a rare and significant opportunity to acquire one of these much sort after panoramas by Englands premier topographical engrave 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.