The South-West Prospect of the City of Durham

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Cabinet Office
  • 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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  • Details
    Title
    The South-West Prospect of the City of Durham
    Date
    15 April 1745
    Medium
    Engraving
    Dimensions
    height: 24.5cm, width 79.8cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Michael Carleton, March 1967
    GAC number
    7590