Eagle’s Nest & Echo, Lake of Killarney

Artist(s) : Theodore Henry Adolphus Fielding (Engraver)

Identification of engraver tentative, based on signature and comparison with his known work.

View of the Eagle's Nest beyond a stretch of river linking the Upper and Lower Lakes of Killarney. Four figures in a boat in the foreground, two standing, two seated. Another person, from a rocky outcrop above the water, has just fired a small cannon, shown by the plume of smoke issuing from its barrel.

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Eagles Nest & Echo, Lake of Killarney.
  • Text outside of boundaries of image – T. Fielding sc.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Aquatints
Subject(s) Nature
Geographical Location
  • Kerry - County
  • Munster - Province
  • Eagle's Nest - Mountain
Keywords(s) Boats, Cannons, Lakes & ponds, Mountains, People, Rivers, Rock formations, Sports & recreation
Colour Monochrome
Published / created 1818

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account The Scientific Tourist through Ireland
Contributor(s)
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy 'to face 6th Page of Co. of Kerry' [instruction to printer]
Source copy James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway Special Collections, 914.1504 WAL
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Related text from travel account

Sir R.C. Hoare observes, that the collected beauties of this favoured spot are so great, so, varied, and so superior to any thing that he had ever seen in Italy, Switzerland, or England, that to delineate or describe them he felt impossible. His route was to embark at Ross Castle, then stretch across to Innisfallen and see ruins of Abbey thickly embosomed in wood; thence in a westerly direction to O’Sullivan's Cascade, finely disposed in a thick forest, whence he coasted under Tomies mountain, where the view opens magnificently at Glenaa Point, where see the cottage. From thence to Turk's Lake under Brickeen bridge. See Turk's Mountain, majestic and perpendicular. Back to Glenaa Cottage to dine, and return to Killarney. On the following day proceed to Mucruss; ruins of Abbey: eminence in park, with bewitching view of Mucruss, Lower Lake, and distant mountains, a most exquisite panorama. The Upper Lake occupied a third day. Embark at Ross Island. Stretch across to Glenaa, where tourists must land whilst the boat is tracked or pushed up a shallow stream. Examine the arbutus. The boat is again tracked at the old weir bridge, where view the Eagle’s Nest, and fire a swivel for the echo, or sound the bugle-horn. Enter the Upper Lake ; view the Sugar-loaf, the reeks, and Purple mountain. Accommodation at cottage on Ronan’s Island; but the tourist must carry his own provender. See long-extended range of rock and wood at Cromiglaun; descend the lake, and notice the numerous grotesque insulated rocks and romantic bays. A fourth day, spent in visiting the N.E. shores of the late by land, leads to the gap of Dunk, scenery truly alpine, and highly deserving the artist's attention. Mr. Weld’s routes can only he followed by a resident tourist ; but we must record his recommendation to view the lakes by moonlight. Miss Plumptre first ascended Mangerton, and praises the effect of a bugle-horn at the Devil's Punch-bowl. [unpaginated, 10th page of description of Co. Kerry]
Eagle’s Nest & Echo, Lake of Killarney