|Artist||Samuel and Nathaniel Buck|
|Published||Saml. & Nathl. Buck delin et Scul according to Act of Parliament 1736. [1774, Sayer Edition]|
|Dimensions||Images 245 x 780 mm, Plates 310 x 795 mm, Sheets 405 x 870 mm|
A pair of Buck panoramas of Plymouth and the dock yard near Plymouth. The West prospect view of the dockyards at Plymouth is seen from a nearby hillside. A numbered key below the image points to landmarks within the area depicted including the River Tamar, the chapel, and St. Nicholas's Island. The ships in the dock can be seen throughout the scene and a small group of people can be seen in the foreground on the hillside. The North East prospect shows the city of Plymouth from the outskirts on a hillside. A numbered key below the image points to landmarks within the area depicted including the Barbican, the Eddystone Lighthouse, and the River Tamar.
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. 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.
Condition: Pressed centrefold as issued. Very large margins with light toning to margin from previous mount.