The South Prospect of Berwick upon Tweed

Samuel and Nathaniel Buck (1696 - 1779)

Coloured engraving

15 April 1745
  • About the work

    This panoramic view shows the South-West prospect of Berwick-upon-Tweed, as it appeared in the 18th century. The most northerly town in England, Berwick-uponTweed is a traditional market town with notable architectural features, in particular its medieval town walls, Georgian Town Hall, Elizabethan ramparts, and Britain's earliest barracks buildings. 

    This view is typical of that of a prospect, taken from an elevated vantage point at a sufficient distance that the town is clearly laid out for the viewer. The main buildings of the town are depicted and above each is a number which refers to the key below (e.g Holy Trinity and St Mary Church, the bell tower, the Old Bridge). The original drawing from which this print was made is currently in the Yale Center for British Art in Newhaven, Connecticut. 

    Samuel and Nathaniel Buck undertook tours around the country producing detailed views of the locations they visited. They would typically plan their travels carefully, advertising their work in the local press, in the hope of attracting potential subscribers.

  • 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 Prospect of Berwick upon Tweed
    15 April 1745
    Coloured engraving
    height: 30.50 cm, width: 80.00 cm
    Purchased from Parker Gallery, March 1967
    GAC number