The South West Prospect of Liverpoole, in the County Palatine of Lancaster

Samuel and Nathaniel Buck, 1728

WAG 4628

About this object

The Buck brothers were topographical draughtsmen who produced over 80 engravings of British towns. This panoramic image shows Liverpool as a thriving port whose growth owed much to the transatlantic slave trade in the early 18th century.

The River Mersey had a 30-foot tidal range with dangerous fast currents and ferocious westerly winds. Thomas Steers (1672 - 1750) was commissioned to build the world’s first wet dock, the Old Dock, in 1715 to accommodate Liverpool’s growing trade and provide shelter for the ships. It is situated behind the wooden jetty, near glass-making factories, sugarhouses and kilns. St Nicholas’s Church, a constant feature in Liverpool’s landscape over many centuries, is on the left.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    The South West Prospect of Liverpool in the County Palatine of Lancaster
  • Artist(s)
    Samuel Buck (British, born:1696, died:17 August 1779)
    Nathaniel Buck (British: English, born:unknown, died:between 1759 and 1774)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Engraving; Paper
  • Measurements
    plate mark: 20.5 cm x 70.8 cm
  • Physical description
    Panaramic view of a river scene with various vessels and a city in the background. The words "The South West Prospect of Liverpoole. In the County Palatine of Lancaster" is inscribed above the image. Various buildings are numbered and their names are provided in the index printed below.
  • Related people
    Nathaniel Buck (Artist/maker); Samuel Buck (Artist/maker); T Sands and J Smith (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4628
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by T Sands and J Smith in 1894
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • T Sands and J Smith

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1894
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: S.&N. Buck. Delin.t et Sculp.t 1728
    Inscription method: Printed
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Lower right; Front; Below Legend
Object view = Fine Art
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