Dublin Bay, d. 14th Octob. 1818

Artist(s) : Ole Jørgen Rawert (Painter)

Dublin Bay seen from the North Strand. The promontory on the left is Howth Head, and the outskirts of the city are visible far off to the right. A variety of buildings stand in the foreground and distance. Among them are thatched cottages and substantial single-storey buildings around a partly enclosed space dotted with trees. A tall building in the middle distance may be a castle but has a rather industrial look.

This watercolour may be compared with a very similar view in Anne Plumptre’s Narrative of a Residence in Ireland (1817). The print in that work bears a publication date of 1816 and is said by Plumptre to be based on a sketch made by her friend, a certain 'Mr C.', while staying in one of the few houses which then existed on the North Strand. She commends it as presenting the bay from an original angle. Rawert may conceivably have copied this print, although that appears unlikely – his prolific output suggests he had little need to have recourse to others’ work. It is also possible that he and 'Mr. C.' happened to stay in the same house on the North Strand, and happened to paint the same scene. Each of the views appears to have been made from a slightly elevated position.

Image Details

Genre Townscape
Technique Watercolour paintings
Subject(s) Architecture, Cities and towns
Geographical Location
  • Dublin - County
  • Leinster - Province
  • Dublin - Bay
Keywords(s) Bays (Bodies of water), Buildings, Harbours, Seas
Colour Coloured
Dimensions 12.6 cm x 10.0 cm
Published / created 1818
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Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Rawerts maleriske Reise
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy Rawerts maleriske Reise/130 d
Source copy Royal Danish Library (Det Kgl. Bibliotek) Rawerts maleriske Reise, VI
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Rights Royal Danish Library (Det Kgl. Bibliotek).
Dublin Bay, d. 14th Octob. 1818