An outstanding early aquatint engraver, John Bluck exhibited his art at the Royal Academy, London, from 1791 to 1819. As well as illustrating a number of fine books, Bluck became famous for his full color aquatints of topographical views, marine, sporting and architectural subjects. Among his best known works of art are the twenty-four engravings for Picturesque Illustrations of Buenos Aires and Monte Video (1820), Six Views of Derbyshire (1805) and Views of Weymouth (1813). Bluck also engraved now coveted plates after Reinagle, T.H. Shepherd and Thomas Rowlandson. For Rowlandson, one of England's premier satirical artists, John Bluck was entrusted with engraving such great plates as A Bird's Eye View of Covent Garden Market, A Bird's Eye View of Smithfield Market and the engravings for the Microcosm of London. Undoubtedly, John Bluck's name is most firmly associated with that of the famous London publisher, Rudolph Ackermann. From 1812 to 1816 Ackermann commissioned Bluck to work on at least four of his finest sets of aquatinted views, including, Westminster Abbey (1812), Oxford (1814) and Cambridge (1815).