Bantry Bay

Artist(s) : Thomas Creswick (Draughtsman), Samuel Fisher (Engraver)

A height above Bantry Bay, Co. Cork, with woman, child and soldiers in the foreground. Further back, a town with tall buildings, a church and some fortifications, in front of a broad bay with sailing boats. In the distance, a sweep of mountains.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – T. Creswick. / S. Fisher.
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Bantry Bay. County Cork.
  • Text outside of boundaries of image – London. Published 1837, for the proprietor, by Longman & Co. Paternoster Row.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Etchings
Subject(s) Cities and towns, Marines, Nature, Rural life
Geographical Location
  • Bantry Bay - Named locality
  • Cork - County
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Boats, Buildings, Children, Churches, Firearms, Harbours, Headgear, Peasants, Seas, Shawls, Soldiers, Trees, Women
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 10.8 cm x 12.5 cm
Published / created 1837

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Ireland Picturesque and Romantic
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy Vol. II, facing p. 256
Source copy National Library of Ireland Ir 9141 r 15
Alternative source

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Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

The road from Glengariff round the bay to Bantry — for Glengariff is merely a nook of Bantry Bay — is extremely agreeable; but there are scenes at some distance to the left which the tourist, if more fortunate than myself with regard to weather, should not fail to visit, I believe, however, the best way is to proceed at once to Bantry, and thence make excursions to the Pass of Coveleagh and Gougan Barry, The Bay itself, of which a view is annexed, is a fine object. It affords excellent anchorage, and is said to be capable of containing, at one time, all the shipping of Europe. At the entrance of the harbour Bear-island interposes its protection against the fury of the Atlantic; and, with its rugged cliffs, adds considerably to the interest of the picture. There used formerly to be a valuable pilchard fishery here; but, as it is stated in Dr, Brooks' Natural History, the pilchards left the coast completely immediately after the fight between the English and French fleets in 1689. A similar occurrence, he adds, was observed in the Bay of Dublin, where the herrings were frightened away for an entire season by the guns of a pleasure yacht. [Vol. II, p. 256]
Bantry Bay