London and Westminster 3: Somerset House to Bridewell

  • About the work
  • About the artist
    Brothers Samuel and Nathaniel Buck were the leading British topographical draughtsmen and engravers of the 18th century. They produced several hundred drawings and engravings, including 87 ‘Prospects’ of England and Wales. The engravings are important visual records of the appearance of British urban landscapes prior to the Industrial Revolution. In many cases, the places depicted have since disappeared or changed beyond recognition. Their dedication in recording almost every corner of the country has left modern viewers with an invaluable record of Britain’s past. As demand for their prints fell away, Nathaniel took over a furniture business, while Samuel tried several professions, including teaching draughtsmanship and cleaning pictures.
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    Places
    England, London
    Subjects
    Materials & Techniques
    engraving
  • Details
    Title
    London and Westminster 3: Somerset House to Bridewell
    Date
    11 September 1749
    Medium
    Engraving
    Dimensions
    height: 37.50 cm, width: 87.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Transferred from HM Revenue and Customs, 2017
    Provenance
    Bequest of Sir Ernest Clark to the Inland Revenue, 1951 (received 1972); transferred to GAC 2017
    GAC number
    10281