The South-West Prospect of the City of Durham

Samuel and Nathaniel Buck (1696 - 1779)

Coloured engraving

published 15 April 1745
  • About the work

    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 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 South-West Prospect of the City of Durham
    published 15 April 1745
    Coloured engraving
    Purchased from Parker Gallery, March 1965
    GAC number