THE SOUTH PROSPECT OF STAMFORD, IN THE COUNTY OF LINCOLN Buck, Samuel and Nathaniel Buck

$ 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. Stamford, is situated on the lovely River Welland, and is hard on the county borders of Lincolnshire and Rutland. Stamford has over 600 listed buildings within it, which is more than half of the number in the entire county. The origins of the town go back to the Danes, who held the town for a period. The town was subjected to the Danelaw, which held sway and dominated over the more local Anglo Saxon laws. Pottery in the form of Stamford Ware was an early trade associated with the town but, this was superseded in the middle ages by the manufacture of wool and woolen cloth. Stamford was unique in that it had its own bull run for around 700 years. This happened every year on November 13th. The story goes that King John and a nobleman were on the castle battlements, overlooking a meadow where two bulls were seen fighting. Two butchers of the town entered the meadow to try to separate the bulls, where upon one of them ran into the town, causing much chaos and anxiety. The nobleman galloped after the town bound bull and enjoyed his sport so much, that he gave the meadow to the butchers, on the condition that every year on November 13th, they provide a bull to be run in the town. Samuel and Nathaniel Bucks excellent panorama of 1743 shows what a charming and delightful Georgian town Stamford was. All Saints Church and St. Marys Church dominate the skyline with their ornate spires. Browns hospital, St. Michaels Church and the Free School are amongst some others that contribute to the panorama. Summer harvesting is seen in the foreground, along with townsfolk walking and admiring their wonderful town.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.