Samuel Buck (1696-1779) and Nathaniel Buck (fl. 1727-1774) were British engravers and publishers, best known for their famous series of English and Welsh views. In 1727, the brothers commenced sketching and engraving a series on the architectural remains of England and Wales. This 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 changes to their style occurred. The brothers began to use a less formal style in their later engravings by including figures in the foreground and using 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.
Plate 1: This Drawing, taken (from Mr Scheve's Sugar House, opposite to York House) & Engraved by S. & N. Buck, is Publish'd according to Act of Parliamt. Sept. 11th 1749, No. 1 Garden Court, Middle Temple, London.
Presented work is a plate 1 from set of five plates of London and Westminster. It's a copper engraving with early hand colouring. Shows the view of London across the Thames from Westminster to the Tower during the mid 18th century. Below numbered and listed the most important points in this area. Framed and glazed.
This print was donated to FARA Clapham.