Uncommon. Copper engraving : 91cms.x 42.9cms.approx. Image size : 789mm x 306mm. including text. Centrefold as issued. Wrexham was the possible birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. In 1762, John Wilkinson opened up Bersham ironworks. This being successful, he opened up a smelting plant in 1793. Here Wrexham is shown in its bucolic pre-Industrail form centred around the 'Curious and Beautiful Church' with men scything by hand bottom left. Key bottom right showing the ten most prominent points of interest and the point where the view was taken from. Also, in the letterpress underneath is a description of Offa's Dyke, 'that Trench which was Cast up by Offa the Great King of Mercia as a Boundary between his Subjects and the Britains'. Beautiful engraving with wide margins, some wormholes in the bottom margin repaired archivally as are two slight tears to right margin edge (both of which are virtually invisible from the front and would be covered by a mount). Samuel Buck and his younger brother Nathaniel, were topographical artists and engravers who, from about 1720 to 1753 toured England and Wales recording the architectural antiquities of both countries. Prior to BuckŹs magnificent copper plate panoramas, virtually nothing had been done to depict views of significant English cities and towns. Only a handful were included in the atlas by Braun and Hogenberg in their Civitates Orbis Terrurum published in Cologne in 1581. They also produced a series of panoramic views of the 'cities, seaports and capital towns' and by doing so, created a valuable record of what English and Welsh towns and cites looked like before the onset of the Industrial Revolution. In all, the two brothers produced 423 engravings of monasteries, abbeys, castles and other ruins and 87 panoramic prospects of towns and cities which taken altogether, may be regarded as one of the most important documentary projects of the 18th.Century. Indeed Ralph Hyde declares that,'the Buck peregrinations were uncomfortable, dangerous and exhausting. In such conditions, their persistence and single-mindedness in pursuing their systematic recording of England and Wales year after year until the task was complete and their goal accomplished is downright heroic' (The Town Panoramas of Samuel and Nathaniel Buck).
|Map maker||Buck, Samuel, Nathaniel.|
|Published at year||1770|
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