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The South West Prospect of the City of Bristol by Samuel & Nathanel B

£585.00 Approx $815.9, €677.08

Code: 54179



Date: 1774

Copper engraving. later hand colouring.  Three archival repairs on verso , bottom right into key  and right margin edge just into hills; bottom right margin tip replaced with old paper.  This engraving was stuck on board and the brush marks from the glue are still visible on verso, now superbly coloured with great  this is a stunning view of pre-Industrial Bristol, now in very good condition.   Bristol, by the early 18th century, had established itself as, arguably, the most important city in England, after London. The trade in tobacco and sugar massively enriched the city, as did the associated Atlantic slave trade, with which Bristol merchants were heavily involved (though the city’s trade was eventually far surpassed by that of Liverpool by the 1740s). British Library.

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.
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 on of the most important documentary projects of the 18th.Century.