London and Westminster 4: Fleet Ditch to Basingshaw
Coloured engraving11 September 1749
About the work
In this view of ‘Fleet Ditch to Basingshaw’, St Paul’s Cathedral has a considerably more dominating presence within the architecture of the City of London than it does today. Numerous church steeples rise from the smaller, densely packed buildings, each with numbers above, referring to the key below. According to the lettering beneath the image, the original work was drawn from St Mary Overy's Church (now Southwark Cathedral).
About the artist
Brothers Samuel and Nathaniel Buck made their names as leading British topographical draughtsmen of the 18th century. Over a period of 34 years, the Bucks produced several hundred drawings and engravings, including 87 engraved prospects of England and Wales. These are now important visual records of the appearance of British urban landscapes prior to the changes that occurred during the Industrial Revolution. In some cases, the places depicted have since disappeared or changed beyond recognition.
- England, River Thames, London, Church of St. Mary-le-Bow, St. Paul's Cathedral, City of London, Church of St. James Garlickhythe, Church of St. Martin-within-Ludgate, Church of St. Mary Aldermary, Church of St. Michael Paternoster Royal
- rowing boat, topography, townscape/cityscape, river bank, river, house, church, cathedral, spire, sailboat
- London and Westminster 4: Fleet Ditch to Basingshaw
- 11 September 1749
- Coloured engraving
- height: 30.50 cm, width: 79.50 cm
- Purchased from Parker Gallery, April 1964
- GAC number