The North West Prospect of the City of Bristol

Samuel and Nathaniel Buck (1696 - 1779)

Coloured engraving

published 1734
  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection

    The depiction of the working classes in this 'North West Prospect of the City of Bristol', including women washing clothes and arranging them to dry, is contrasted with the fashionably dressed ladies and gentlemen at leisure, seen in Samuel and Nathaniel Buck's 'South East Prospect' of the city (see GAC 7560).

    In 1720 the Buck brothers published proposals for engraved views or ‘prospects’ of two panoramic drawings of English towns: Leeds and Wakefield. The success of the prints led to a further eight town prospects. In 1728 they extended the project to record ‘prospects’ of every remaining principal town of England and Wales. Each was drawn at a rural spot some distance from the town itself and, when possible, from a height. The prospects were published with a numbered key and descriptive text 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 North West Prospect of the City of Bristol
    published 1734
    Coloured engraving
    Purchased from Parker Gallery, May 1972
    GAC number