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The North-West Prospect of Maidstone, in the County of Kent

  • About the work
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    This view of Maidstone, published in the early 18th century by brothers Samuel and Nathaniel Buck, shows a picturesque town surrounded by fields and trees. To the left of the composition, two well-dressed gentlemen standing in a field converse, as one of the men gestures with his walking cane.

  • 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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    The North-West Prospect of Maidstone, in the County of Kent
    Coloured engraving
    Purchased from Parker Gallery, April 1960
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