Samuel Buck

English engraver, printmaker and topographical draughtsman (1696 - 1779) who worked with his brother Nathaniel (died between 1759 and 1774)

The brothers Samuel and Nathaniel Buck were English engravers, printmakers and prolific topographical draughtsmen, best known for their "Buck's Antiquities" that depicted the ruins of ancient castles and monasteries. Samuel was born in Yorkshire, and they both had a close association with Richmond, Yorkshire, of which they produced two long views, now considered the finest of all their town prospects.

Between 1724 and 1738 the two brothers travelled around the country making engravings for many regions of England. engravings were also made for regions of Wales between 1739 and 1742. They also worked on a series of townscapes in both England and Wales, called "Cities, Sea-Ports and Capital Towns". These were produced between 1720 and 1749 and comprised of over 80 engraved views of all the major towns and cities. The prints constituted a national survey of the period and offer an invaluable record of what English and Welsh towns looked like before the industrial revolution. Nathaniel died before Samuel, and little is known about him. Samuel died in London in poverty.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
    Artist/maker
  • Nationality
    British
  • Born
    1696
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Yorkshire
  • Died
    1779-08-17
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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