South East View of the Cathedral Church of Winchester
Colour aquatintpublished September 1808
About the work
In this view of Winchester Cathedral we see the Cathedral’s distinctive square tower. Flying buttresses are located between the large windows of the choir. The nave extends to the right of the composition, while to the left, a woman emerges from an archway and two men walk from the church.
‘South East View of the Cathedral Church of Winchester’ is an aquatint print after a design by artist and architect John Buckler and was published by the artist in 1808. From 1799 to 1814 Buckler produced a series of views of English cathedrals and churches.
About the artist
Richard Reeve was an aquatint engraver, mostly of sporting subjects (hunting and racing scenes) after works by contemporary artists. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools and lived and worked in London. He was the father of aquatint engravers Richard Gilson Reeve (1803-1889) and Augustus William Reeve (born 1807). Some later works, apparently by Richard, may in fact be by his son Richard Gilson.
John Buckler was born on the Isle of Wight. In 1785 he became a steward of Magdalen College, Oxford. For seven years he was also apprenticed to architect and surveyor Charles Thomas Cracklow. In about 1801 he became Bailiff and Collector of Rents for Magdalen College in Freemason’s Court and Southwark. His post with Magdalen allowed him spare time, which he spent working on his own architectural perspective drawings. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1796 to 1849. In 1799, Buckler published an engraving of one of his drawings of Lincoln Cathedral. For the next five years he made a series of views of English cathedrals and churches. By the end of his career, he had produced some 13,000 architectural perspective drawings.