THE STAFFORDSHIRE VIEWS
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
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
The Staffordshire Views collection can be explored online
via its own dedicated website www.views.staffspasttrack.org.uk.
The full catalogue of the Staffordshire Views can also be found
by visiting the William salt Library web site at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/salt.
is possible to obtain reproductions of views. Details of
prices, together with an order form, are
on the Staffordshire
Views web site.