The South-West Prospect of the City of Durham

Samuel and Nathaniel Buck (1696 - 1779)

Coloured engraving

published 15 April 1745
  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection

    This panorama of Durham, published in the early 18th century by brothers Samuel and Nathaniel Buck, makes the city’s famous cathedral appear like a castle on a hill, surrounded by a moat. The fields around the city are broken by clusters of houses with parish churches. To the left of the composition, two men and two women walk their dogs.

  • 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 the City of Durham
    published 15 April 1745
    Coloured engraving
    Purchased from Parker Gallery, March 1965
    GAC number