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Samuel & Nathaniel Buck, Views of  Castles & Abbeys in England, 1726-1739

From the historic work of the by the brothers, Samuel and Nathaniel Buck, Views of Ruins of Castles & Abbeys in England, 1726-1739. Samuel and Nathaniel Buck were the most important topographical artists of the 18th century, creating a record of over 500 ancient monuments & towns in England and Wales. Many of these monuments had been devastated during the course of the Reformation, particularly during the period when Oliver Cromwell ruled England as "Lord Protector." The Bucks Views, as they have become known, provide an invaluable record of these magnificent buildings, some of which have seen further deterioration during the 275 years that have since passed. This project was initially published over three decades from the 1720s. Having achieved great success with his publications of town prospects, Samuel Buck announced in November 1726 ".his intention of systematically recording ruins throughout England. The castles, religious foundations, and other remains of antiquity throughout the kingdom, he argued, were in a lamentable condition. He would 'rescue the mangled remains' of 'these aged & venerable edifices from the inexorable jaws of time' (S. Buck, 'Proposals for the publication of . twenty-four views of castles . in the counties of Lincoln and Nottingham', 1 Nov 1726, copy in priv. coll.), by visiting and recording them. In the summer of 1727 Nathaniel accompanied Samuel on a 'peregrination' of Lancashire, Cheshire, and Derbyshire. In 1728 the brothers announced their plan to undertake the remaining counties of northern England, but they discovered enough recordable ruins in Durham and Northumberland for the following year's set of twenty-four, and Cumberland and Westmorland had to wait. In 1729-31 they took their sketch-boards to the midlands, between 1732 and 1736 they covered the counties in the south of England and also in Monmouthshire, in 1737 they covered the counties of East Anglia, and in 1738 they completed England by dealing with Cumberland and Westmorland. Finally they produced sets for Wales, apparently touring the counties of Wales in 1739-41. With the publication in 1742 of Anglesey, Caernarvonshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Merioneth, Montgomeryshire, and Radnor, the antiquities project was completed. This project constituted only half of the Buck brothers' enterprise. From 1728 they had worked on a parallel project: producing and publishing a series of long prospects of English and Welsh 'Cities, Sea-ports, and Capital Towns' Samuel & Nathaniel Buck"Buck's Views" as they were called are 428 views of the ruins of all noted abbeys, castles, together with four views of seats and eighty-three large general views of the chief cities and towns of England and Wales. Published between 1724-38 on Hand-Made Laid and often Watermarked Paper. They were reprinted in the Victorian time and later on a polished mechanically made paper






The North West Prospect of the City of Gloucester
  Text below image gives a description of the city of Gloucester, as well as a key to the prospect. In 1727, Samuel Buck and his brother Nathaniel commenced sketching and engraving a series of architectural remains of England and Wales. The series included 83 large prospects of the 70 principal towns in England and Wales. It took the Buck brothers 28 years to complete their venture and during this time some changes to their style occured. The brothers began to use a less formal style in their later engravings by including figures and more subtle landscapes in the foreground. In 1774, Robert Sayer obtained the plates, added page numbers to them and published them as Buck's Antiquities. Condition rubbing to base central fold light toning from white  Image 245 x 785 mm, Plate 310 x 803 mm, Sheet 378 x 870 mm. £340 inc delivery








The South West Prospect of the City of Peterborough, in Northamptonshire
 CONDITION  very light toning to central fold, full page some edge nicks.17.75 x 33.75 Inches ie huge henc the $5k USA prices ! Samuel and Nathaniel Bucks copperplate panorama of 1731, beautifully illustrates the city beside the River Nine (Nene), with its magnificent and imposing medieval cathedral completely dominating the city. The evidence for this is seen by the lack of settlement seen much beyond the confines of the cathedral. Only a couple of churches break the skyline. During the Civil War, in the seventeenth century, the city was equally divided between Roundheads and Cavaliers - those for the Parliament, or those for the King. In 1727, Samuel Buck and his brother Nathaniel commenced sketching and engraving a series of architectural remains of England and Wales. The series included 83 large prospects of the 70 principal towns in England and Wales. It took the Buck brothers 28 years to complete their venture and during this time some changes to their style occured. The brothers began to use a less formal style in their later engravings by including figures and more subtle landscapes in the foreground. In 1774, Robert Sayer obtained the plates, added page numbers to them and published them as Buck's Antiquities. £355 inc delivery








The South West Prospect of the City of Peterborough, in Northamptonshire
  CONDITION  very light toning to central fold,  cropped page. Plate 310 x 803 mm,  + small marginThe South West Prospect of the City of Peterborough, in NorthamptonshireSamuel and Nathaniel Bucks copperplate panorama of 1731, beautifully illustrates the city beside the River Nine (Nene), with its magnificent and imposing medieval cathedral completely dominating the city. The evidence for this is seen by the lack of settlement seen much beyond the confines of the cathedral. Only a couple of churches break the skyline. During the Civil War, in the seventeenth century, the city was equally divided between Roundheads and Cavaliers - those for the Parliament, or those for the King.In 1727, Samuel Buck and his brother Nathaniel commenced sketching and engraving a series of architectural remains of England and Wales. The series included 83 large prospects of the 70 principal towns in England and Wales. It took the Buck brothers 28 years to complete their venture and during this time some changes to their style occured. The brothers began to use a less formal style in their later engravings by including figures and more subtle landscapes in the foreground. In 1774, Robert Sayer obtained the plates, added page numbers to them and published them as Buck's Antiquities.  £265 inc delivery



North West View of Great Malvern Abbey in Worcester
Antique engraving 'Buck's Views from the boook began in 1726, by the brothers, Samuel & Nathaniel Buck began their task of creating a visual record of ancient monuments in England and Wales. "Buck's Views" as they were called are 428 views of the ruins of all noted abbeys, castles, together with four views of seats and eighty-three large general views of the chief cities and towns of England and Wales. Printed and sold individually and collected into volumes for book purchasers. Samuel Buck was born in Richmond, Yorkshire, in 1696, Nathaniel being a younger brother. ~Published between 1724-38 on Hand-Made Laid Watermarked Paper, 11 1/4" x 18 1/2" £65  2nd edition numbered to the right




The South West View of Ruthin Castle in the County of Denbigh
Antique engraving 'Buck's Views from the boook began in 1726, by the brothers, Samuel & Nathaniel Buck began their task of creating a visual record of ancient monuments in England and Wales. "Buck's Views" as they were called are 428 views of the ruins of all noted abbeys, castles, together with four views of seats and eighty-three large general views of the chief cities and towns of England and Wales. Printed and sold individually and collected into volumes for book purchasers. Samuel Buck was born in Richmond, Yorkshire, in 1696, Nathaniel being a younger brother. ~Published between 1724-38 on Hand-Made Laid Watermarked Paper, 11 1/4" x 18 1/2" £65  2nd edition numbered to the right
 



THE SOUTH-WEST VIEW OF ST. ALBANS-ABBY, IN THE COUNTY OF HERTFORD

Antique engraving 'Buck's Views from the boook began in 1726, by the brothers, Samuel & Nathaniel Buck began their task of creating a visual record of ancient monuments in England and Wales. "Buck's Views" as they were called are 428 views of the ruins of all noted abbeys, castles, together with four views of seats and eighty-three large general views of the chief cities and towns of England and Wales. Printed and sold individually and collected into volumes for book purchasers. Samuel Buck was born in Richmond, Yorkshire, in 1696, Nathaniel being a younger brother. ~Published between 1724-38 on Hand-Made Laid Watermarked Paper, 11 1/4" x 18 1/2" £65  2nd edition numbered to the right


 

The South West View of Thorney Abbey in the County of cambridge

Antique engraving 'Buck's Views from the boook began in 1726, by the brothers, Samuel & Nathaniel Buck began their task of creating a visual record of ancient monuments in England and Wales. "Buck's Views" as they were called are 428 views of the ruins of all noted abbeys, castles, together with four views of seats and eighty-three large general views of the chief cities and towns of England and Wales. Printed and sold individually and collected into volumes for book purchasers. Samuel Buck was born in Richmond, Yorkshire, in 1696, Nathaniel being a younger brother. ~Published between 1724-38 on Hand-Made Laid Watermarked Paper, 11 1/4" x 18 1/2" £65  2nd edition numbered to the right


 

Pomfret Castle in Yorkshire, before it was demolished

Antique engraving 'Buck's Views from the boook began in 1726, by the brothers, Samuel & Nathaniel Buck began their task of creating a visual record of ancient monuments in England and Wales. "Buck's Views" as they were called are 428 views of the ruins of all noted abbeys, castles, together with four views of seats and eighty-three large general views of the chief cities and towns of England and Wales. Printed and sold individually and collected into volumes for book purchasers. Samuel Buck was born in Richmond, Yorkshire, in 1696, Nathaniel being a younger brother. ~Published between 1724-38 on Hand-Made Laid Watermarked Paper, 11 1/4" x 18 1/2" £65  2nd edition numbered to the right


 

View Of Roche - Abbey near Tickhill in Yorkshire

Antique engraving 'Buck's Views from the boook began in 1726, by the brothers, Samuel & Nathaniel Buck began their task of creating a visual record of ancient monuments in England and Wales. "Buck's Views" as they were called are 428 views of the ruins of all noted abbeys, castles, together with four views of seats and eighty-three large general views of the chief cities and towns of England and Wales. Printed and sold individually and collected into volumes for book purchasers. Samuel Buck was born in Richmond, Yorkshire, in 1696, Nathaniel being a younger brother. ~Published between 1724-38 on Hand-Made Laid Watermarked Paper, 11 1/4" x 18 1/2" £65  2nd edition numbered to the right

 


View Of Sheriff ~Hutton  Castle near York

Antique engraving 'Buck's Views from the boook began in 1726, by the brothers, Samuel & Nathaniel Buck began their task of creating a visual record of ancient monuments in England and Wales. "Buck's Views" as they were called are 428 views of the ruins of all noted abbeys, castles, together with four views of seats and eighty-three large general views of the chief cities and towns of England and Wales. Printed and sold individually and collected into volumes for book purchasers. Samuel Buck was born in Richmond, Yorkshire, in 1696, Nathaniel being a younger brother. ~Published between 1724-38 on Hand-Made Laid Watermarked Paper, 11 1/4" x 18 1/2" £65  2nd edition numbered to the right


 
The South-East View of Ewelm Palace, in the County of Oxford.

Antique engraving 'Buck's Views from the boook began in 1726, by the brothers, Samuel & Nathaniel Buck began their task of creating a visual record of ancient monuments in England and Wales. "Buck's Views" as they were called are 428 views of the ruins of all noted abbeys, castles, together with four views of seats and eighty-three large general views of the chief cities and towns of England and Wales. Printed and sold individually and collected into volumes for book purchasers. Samuel Buck was born in Richmond, Yorkshire, in 1696, Nathaniel being a younger brother. ~Published between 1724-38 on Hand-Made Laid Watermarked Paper, 11 1/4" x 18 1/2" £65  2nd edition numbered to the right

 


The South-East View of Chicksand-Priory, in the County of Bedford
  Antique engraving 'Buck's Views from the boook began in 1726, by the brothers, Samuel & Nathaniel Buck began their task of creating a visual record of ancient monuments in England and Wales. "Buck's Views" as they were called are 428 views of the ruins of all noted abbeys, castles, together with four views of seats and eighty-three large general views of the chief cities and towns of England and Wales. Printed and sold individually and collected into volumes for book purchasers. Samuel Buck was born in Richmond, Yorkshire, in 1696, Nathaniel being a younger brother. ~Published between 1724-38 on Hand-Made Laid Paper, 11 1/4" x 18 1/2"£65 full page laid paper , 1st edition (numbered left)   




The North East  View of Harwood Nunnery, in the County of Bedford
  Antique engraving 'Buck's Views from the boook began in 1726, by the brothers, Samuel & Nathaniel Buck began their task of creating a visual record of ancient monuments in England and Wales. "Buck's Views" as they were called are 428 views of the ruins of all noted abbeys, castles, together with four views of seats and eighty-three large general views of the chief cities and towns of England and Wales. Printed and sold individually and collected into volumes for book purchasers. Samuel Buck was born in Richmond, Yorkshire, in 1696, Nathaniel being a younger brother. ~Published between 1724-38 on Hand-Made Laid Paper, 11 1/4" x 18 1/2"£65 full page laid paper , 1st edition (numbered left)   



The North East  View of Wardon Monastery in the County of Bedford

Antique engraving 'Buck's Views from the boook began in 1726, by the brothers, Samuel & Nathaniel Buck began their task of creating a visual record of ancient monuments in England and Wales. "Buck's Views" as they were called are 428 views of the ruins of all noted abbeys, castles, together with four views of seats and eighty-three large general views of the chief cities and towns of England and Wales. Printed and sold individually and collected into volumes for book purchasers. Samuel Buck was born in Richmond, Yorkshire, in 1696, Nathaniel being a younger brother. ~Published between 1724-38 on Hand-Made Laid Watermarked Paper, 11 1/4" x 18 1/2" £65  2nd edition numbered to the right




 
The North East  View of Hitchinbroke Priory , in the County of Huntingdon

Antique engraving 'Buck's Views from the boook began in 1726, by the brothers, Samuel & Nathaniel Buck began their task of creating a visual record of ancient monuments in England and Wales. "Buck's Views" as they were called are 428 views of the ruins of all noted abbeys, castles, together with four views of seats and eighty-three large general views of the chief cities and towns of England and Wales. Printed and sold individually and collected into volumes for book purchasers. Samuel Buck was born in Richmond, Yorkshire, in 1696, Nathaniel being a younger brother. ~Published between 1724-38 on Hand-Made Laid Watermarked Paper, 11 1/4" x 18 1/2" £65  2nd edition numbered to the right


 
The West  View of Croyland Abbey near Spalding , in the County of Lincoln

Antique engraving 'Buck's Views from the boook began in 1726, by the brothers, Samuel & Nathaniel Buck began their task of creating a visual record of ancient monuments in England and Wales. "Buck's Views" as they were called are 428 views of the ruins of all noted abbeys, castles, together with four views of seats and eighty-three large general views of the chief cities and towns of England and Wales. Printed and sold individually and collected into volumes for book purchasers. Samuel Buck was born in Richmond, Yorkshire, in 1696, Nathaniel being a younger brother. ~Published between 1724-38 on Hand-Made Laid Watermarked Paper, 11 1/4" x 18 1/2" £65  2nd edition numbered to the right


 
The  South West  View of Croyland Abbey near Spalding , in the County of Lincoln

Antique engraving 'Buck's Views from the boook began in 1726, by the brothers, Samuel & Nathaniel Buck began their task of creating a visual record of ancient monuments in England and Wales. "Buck's Views" as they were called are 428 views of the ruins of all noted abbeys, castles, together with four views of seats and eighty-three large general views of the chief cities and towns of England and Wales. Printed and sold individually and collected into volumes for book purchasers. Samuel Buck was born in Richmond, Yorkshire, in 1696, Nathaniel being a younger brother. ~Published between 1724-38 on Hand-Made Laid Watermarked Paper, 11 1/4" x 18 1/2" £65  2nd edition numbered to the right


 
The East Prospect of John of Gaunt's below the Hill in Lincoln

Antique engraving 'Buck's Views from the boook began in 1726, by the brothers, Samuel & Nathaniel Buck began their task of creating a visual record of ancient monuments in England and Wales. "Buck's Views" as they were called are 428 views of the ruins of all noted abbeys, castles, together with four views of seats and eighty-three large general views of the chief cities and towns of England and Wales. Printed and sold individually and collected into volumes for book purchasers. Samuel Buck was born in Richmond, Yorkshire, in 1696, Nathaniel being a younger brother. ~Published between 1724-38 on Hand-Made Laid Watermarked Paper, 11 1/4" x 18 1/2" £65  2nd edition numbered to the right



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