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. Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk, which lies on the estuary of the river Orwell. Its origins date back to Roman times, when it was a fort, and formed part of Roman Britains coastal defenses. It is one of Englands oldest towns. It was a prominent settlement by mid Anglo Saxon times, but became a Viking town after numerous raids by Norse raiders during the ninth century. Geographically, Ipswich has always been a trading town, mostly to the Baltic, and northern European countries. It was one of the main embarkation ports for Puritans leaving England for the Massachussetts Bay Colony in North America during the seventeenth century. Prominent people associated with the town are Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a one time ally and confidante of Henry VIII. The famous painter, Thomas Gainsborough, was born, and lived in Ipswich and Lord and Lady Nelson moved to Ipswich in 1797. Samuel and Nathaniel Buck published their splendid copperplate prospective view in 1741, a time of wealth, and great commercial activity for Ipswich. Viewed from Stoke Hill, Ipswich looks a fine and imposingly large Georgian town, spreading alongside the river Orwell. The townsfolk are seen relaxing and chatting from a vantage point overlooking the town. Many fine churches are to be seen, which are scattered evenly throughout the town. Lush countryside fills the background, and completes a scene of rural tranquility. 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.