after Samuel Buck (1696 – 1779) and Nathaniel Buck (active 1724 – 1759)

View of Durham Castle being the Bishops Palace (1769)



18 x 26 cm

An engraved view of Durham Castle, complete with engraved frame in the plate. Empty of any inhabitants, the magnificence of the castle’s architecture, is made all the more evident. This engraving was produced for ‘England Displayed, published in London in 1769 or 1770 by Adlard and Brown; it was made after the original by Samuel and Nathaniel Buck, originally published in their ‘Views of Ruins of Castles & Abbeys in England’, created between 1726 and 1742.

Durham Castle is a Norman castle in Durham, England, which has been occupied since 1837 by Castle – that is, University College, Durham. Previously, it was the residence of the Bishops of Durham; it stands on top of a hill above the River Wear on Durham’s peninsula, opposite Durham Cathedral.

Samuel and Nathaniel Buck were brothers and notable 18th century architectural artists, best known for their depictions of ancient castles and monasteries entitled ‘Buck’s Antiquities’ and those of townscapes of England and Wales, ”Sea-Ports and Capital Towns”. LIttle is known about the brothers’ lives. Samuel was born in Yorkshire and died in penury in London in 1779, and was buried in the churchyard of St Clement Danes. Nathaniel pre-deceased him, dying between 1759 and 1774.

Condition: very good.

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