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BUCK, Samuel and Nathaniel.

A General View of London and Westminster.

Stock Code
102329
London, Robt. Sayer, 53 Fleet Street, 1749
£7,500

The magnificent grand panorama of London.
Samuel Buck and his brother Nathaniel are among the finest topographical artists to have worked in England. From 1720 onwards, first Samuel and then the two brothers toured England, drawing views of the cities and towns, castles, antiquities (particularly ruined monasteries) and other landmarks. They financed publication of this bold project by soliciting advance subscriptions.

The crowning achievement of their long career, the most ambitious single view they had undertaken, is this highly important prospect of London taken from the River Thames drawn from five vantage points, and then blended into one continuous panorama, extending from Westminster Bridge downstream to London Bridge and the Tower of London.

The subscription, originally conceived on four sheets, was announced thus,

'London, Feb. 1746. ... No. 1. Garden-Court, Middle-Temple. Mess. S. and N. Buck, beg leave to inform those Gentlemen that have favour'd them with their Subscriptions ... that for the

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Description

Copper engraving, printed on five sheets. Framed and glazed individually (five in all), overall size per frame: 88cm by 38cm.

Bibliography

Adams, London Illustrated, pp128-131; Hyde, A Prospect of Britain, plates 40-44.

Stock ID:102329

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