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 city of Liverpool is well known for having had an enormous cultural and social impact on Britain for a number of years, however this was not always the case. Little is known or recorded about the city before Norman times. St.Nicholas church was built around 1257. Nothing of much note is recorded, for a long time Liverpool, other than it was a poor, small farming and fishing community. The cities luck changed rapidly in the later half of the seventeenth century, with the port, and docks importing tobacco and sugar from the newly established North American colonies, and the West Indies, and exporting, amongst other commodities cloth, coal and salt. Liverpool also had a crucial role to play in the British slave trade. This is demonstrated by the fact that by the end of the eighteenth century, Liverpool accounted for 80% of the British Atlantic slave trade, and for 40% of the worlds slave trade. In a comparatively short space of time, Liverpool became a major metropolis. In time, the port became one of Britains main ports to the Empire. Samuel and Nathaniel Bucks handsome copperplate engraving of the city is from 1728, and shows was a busy, bustling, thriving place it has become by then. Many ships and boats are to be seen in the River Mersey. Behind the crammed docks, we see the Custom House, the Charity School, the Glass House and the Copper House. To the left of the panorama we see St.Nicholas church, and panning to the right other prominent streets, churches, and public buildings. 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.