South east view of the Cathedral Church of Carlisle


Buckler’s first cathedral view, of Lincoln, was engraved in 1799 with the support of his ‘early and constant friend’ Martin Routh, President of Magdalen College, Oxford. Over the next few decades he worked on a series of large scale aquatints of all of England’s cathedrals and several of its prominent collegiate and parish churches, a great many of which appeared in a period of intense activity lasting from c. 1805-15, during which time Buckler traversed the country collecting material to engrave. One of these plates was this view of Carlisle Cathedral, which was published in 1812 after a meticulous line drawing made on a visit to the city the previous year, which is also preserved in the British Library (Add MS 36360 ff. 196 b-212.). Stylistically it is characteristic of Buckler’s prime years, benefitting from his renowned attention to architectural details and his preference for a low viewpoint, a device he repeatedly used to invest even modest structures like Carlisle with antique monumentality. The wash-like quality of aquatint, Buckler realised, was best suited to describing this solidity with blocks of light and tone, and once he had transferred his wiry outline to the plate he delegated its completion to aquatint specialists like Frederick and George Lewis, to whom some of the credit for this attractive image surely belongs.

Full title:
To the Right Reverend SAMUEL GOODENOUGH, L.L.D. F.R.S. F.A.S. F.L.S. LORD BISHOP OF CARLISLE, and the Reverend the DEAN & CHAPTER; This South East View of the CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF CARLISLE, is by Permission, most humbly dedicated, by his Lordship's and their much obliged and devoted Servant, John Buckler. / Drawn & Etched by J. Buckler, F.S.A. ; Engraved by F. C. & G. Lewis
May 1812, London
Etching / Aquatint / View
John Buckler
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Public Domain
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British Library
Maps K.Top.10.17.1.

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