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BUCK, Samuel (1696-1779) and Nathaniel BUCK (fl. 1724-1759 ).
The South-West Prospect of Yarmouth, in the County of Norfolk
1741 1741 - 17 ¾ x 33 ¾ in (45.1 x 85.73 cm). Copperplate engraving, titled on upper edge, annotated with description on lower edge and key on lower right (light browning, light crease down the middle, fading consistent with age). A RARE WINDOW INTO GLORIOUS PRE-INDUSTRIAL ENGLAND. This copperplate panorama presents one of the earliest topographical views of Britain, and provides a rare visual record of the historic town of Yarmouth before the upheavals of the Industrial Revolution. The annotated key on the lower right guides the viewer through many of the principal features of this seaside town. The inscription at the lower edge offers meticulous notes on the town’s history and local society. The work opens onto vibrant and lively scenes. In the foreground, townsfolk from different walks of life lounge and mingle. The middle of the composition shows ships and boats sailing along a ribbon of water. In the background is a stretch of buildings and churches rendered with extraordinary depth and clarity. Spread throughout the view are intricately rendered human figures who can be seen along the bowling green, the quay, the water, and the road. There is a wealth of detail here for the eyes to feast on. Samuel and Nathaniel Buck were brothers born in Yorkshire, England at around the turn of the 18th century. They published engravings of 428 views of the ruins of all notable abbeys and castles in Britain, along with four views of seats and 83 large general views of the chief cities and towns of England and Wales. From 1728 to 1753, the two young men set out on an ambitious jo … [Click Below for Full Description]
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