The South West Prospect of Shrewsbury

  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection

    In this 18th-century view, the town of Shrewsbury is busy with activity. In the foreground a shepherd lounges on the riverbank with his dog and three cattle. The town of Shrewsbury is seen from a distance, with the River Severn looping around it.

    In 1728 brothers Samuel and Nathaniel Buck commenced a project: to record views or ‘prospects’ of each of the principal towns and cities of England and Wales. Each prospect was drawn at a rural spot, some distance from the town itself and, when possible, from a height. When these were later published, a numbered key and an accompanying, descriptive text were included below the image.

  • 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.
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    The South West Prospect of Shrewsbury
    Coloured engraving
    height: 46.30 cm, width: 88.30 cm
    Purchased from the Parker Gallery, May 1964
    GAC number