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Launceston Castle, Cornwall by Samuel and Nathaniel Buck

Launceston Castle by Samuel and Nathaniel Buck
 

Launceston Castle, Cornwall by Samuel and Nathaniel Buck, copperplate line engraving 1734.


Condition: Good image and paper, trimmed to plate marks on side margins, slight stain bottom right corner, original printers marks edge and verso.


Title: Launceston Castle
Medium: Copperplate Line Engraving Image Size: 192 x 370mm, 7.5 x 14.5 "
Order No. 7355 Price: £55.00 Paper Size: 300 x 370mm, 11.75 x 14.5 "
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Biography:
Samuel (1696 - 1779) and Nathaniel Buck
Brothers who lived in England in the 18th century and were engravers and printmakers. Samuel did much work on his own but, then the brothers worked together.

Well known draughtsmen etchers and line engravers of English topographical views. Samuel engraved his own drawings from 1711 to 1726, after which Nathaniel collaborated with his brother in both the drawing and engraving of the plates. They went on sketching tours during the summer and engraved the sketches during the winter.

Samuel Buck was born in Yorkshire in 1696. After publishing some prints in that county, he moved to London. With Nathaniel he embarked on making a number of series of prints of "antiquities", which consisted of ruined castles and former religious buildings in England and Wales. Starting in 1724, they travelled around the countries, completing the sets of prints for the regions of England by 1738 and producing those for Wales between 1739 and 1742. These are commonly known as Buck's Antiquities.

They also worked on a series of townscapes in England and Wales entitled Cities, Sea-ports and Capital Towns.[1] Engraving of 1737 by Buck Brothers, showing Bodiam Castle in Sussex from the northeast Nathaniel was the first to die, sometime between 1759 and 1774. Samuel's later years were spent in poverty. He died on 17 August 1779 in London and was buried in the churchyard of St. Clement Danes.

While the perspective of the Buck views is often primitive and the engraving technique rather crude compared to contemporary topographers, the body of their work none-the-less represents a significant contribution to the topographical genre and their 'Prospects of English Towns' have always been well known and viewed with affection.

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West View of Launceston Castle, Cornwall by Samuel and Nathaniel Buck 1736

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