Samuel & Nathaniel Buck - 'The North View of Farnham-Castle in the County of Surry' - 1737
Etching - paper 27.1 x 42.5 cm / image 19.4 x 37 cm
Overall very good condition
Unframed - Price: £95
SAMUEL (1696-1779) AND NATHANIEL ( fl.1721-1779) BUCK were the top British engravers of topographical scenes during the first half of the 18th century. Their extensive series depicting towns, great houses, castles and ruined abbeys were known as Buck’s Views. The format was usually long and narrow, either engraved or etched, or in combination.
In the early 18th century, printmaking in England was mainly topographic or reproductive, outnumbering those which were designed and executed by a single hand in a proportion of at least fifty to one. Indeed, compared to their European counterparts, British artists were mainly uninterested in printmaking until after 1750.
The architectural elements of Buck’s Views can be a bit hard edged but this ignores their most attractive aspects when looking at the other features. In this north view of Farnham Castle, the treed mound on which the castle sits and the background are nicely executed. Each print had a lengthy inscription set below the image.