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THE STAFFORDSHIRE VIEWS are a unique series of images of watercolours, drawings, sketches, engravings and lithographs commissioned and collected by William Salt, a London banker whose family came from Staffordshire. The views include churches, public buildings, country houses and landscape from all over Staffordshire. Many date from the 1830s and 1840s when Salt commissioned many of the drawings, but there are also earlier engravings and drawings collected by Salt. They form part of the core collection of the William Salt Library, Stafford. In all there are some 3,200 views.

Salt used a number of artists but had some favourites, such as Thomas Peploe Wood and John Buckler.

T.P. Wood was a local artist, born at Little Haywood in Staffordshire in 1817. He died in 1845 at a relatively young age. He was however a prolific artist, travelling on foot around the county to carry out his work. The quality of his work is superb. His biographer C.S. Meacham referred to his style as: “combining in his realistic and masterly cattle painting, exquisite English landscape and glorious composition, a manner and style that have never been approached by any English painter”.

John Buckler (1770-1851) was born in the Isle of Wight. Originally an architect, he became well known as a topographical artist. Salt commissioned him to survey the buildings of Staffordshire through his drawings. He did this very systematically to the extent of sometimes producing up to four or five drawings of one church.

The Staffordshire Views collection can be explored online via its own dedicated website The full catalogue of the Staffordshire Views can also be found by visiting the William salt Library web site at

It is possible to obtain reproductions of views. Details of prices, together with an order form, are on the Staffordshire Views web site.


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