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 copperplate prospect view of Worcester, published in 1732, is a very handsome engraving indeed. It shows a fine cathedral city extending confidently along the banks of the River Seven. On the picturesque river Seven, some boats are sailing on it, many are unmanned. A team of men are seen valiantly hauling a river barge up the river from the toe path. A bridge is seen fording the river, and some prominent churches are seen nearby. Non religious buildings such as; Berkleys Hospital, the Town Hall, the College School, and the county Jail are all delineated and highlighted in this wonderful panorama. Justifiably, the prime architectural prize is the inspirational and imposing medieval cathedral. It was built over a long period of time, some centuries in fact, and perhaps because of this, the cathedral comprises almost every form of early English architecture there ever has been. King John, as was his expressed wish, is buried within the cathedral. During the twelfth century, when King Stephen was at war with the Empress Matilda (daughter of Henry I), Worcester was attacked on numerous occasions.The final battle of the English Civil War was fought at Worcester, with Oliver Cromwells New Model Army finally overcoming King Charles I Royalist forces. Thus began the 10 year republic of England under Cromwell. The Royal Worcester Porcelain Company factory was founded in 1751, and Lea and Perrins make their world famous Worcestershire Sauce in the city. Sir Edward Elgar, the famous English composer lived his entire life in the vicinity.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.