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 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.
- 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