• North View of Tynemouth Castle and Abbey, Northumberland -

    Signed on border upper right: S. Buck delin May 1728 and further inscribed upper centre: THE NORTH VIEW OF TINEMOUTH CASTLE, NEAR SHIELDS; IN NORTHUMBERLAND

    Pen and grey ink and wash on laid paper

    15.3 by 34.8 cm., 6 by 13 ? inches


    Tynemouth Castle sits at the mouth of the river Tyne eight miles north-east of Newcastle. An Abbey and Castle have stood on the site since at least the 11th century. The Abbey was dissolved in 1538 but the castle played an important role in the Civil War until it fell into disrepair in the late 17th century.


    Samuel Buck, and his brother Nathaniel, produced engravings of 428 views of the ruins of all noted abbeys and castles in the country, together with four views of seats and eighty-three large general views of the chief cities and towns of England and Wales. They would travel round the country in the summer and produce engravings during the winter which were some of the earliest topographical views of Britain. The engravings were printed and sold individually and collected into volumes for book purchasers between 1724 and 1738.


    This drawing was engraved with some changes for Buck?s Antiquities as ?The North View of Tinemouth Monastery & Castle in Northumberland? and was dedicated to Henry Villiers who owned it at the time. The original drawings for these works are rare with examples in the British Library, the British Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

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