Giants Causeway

The Giant's Causeway seen from the west, with the rock formations in the centre of the image and descending to the sea from right to left. Four small figures, accompanied by a dog, are inspecting the rocks, two of them having climbed to the top of one of the stacks. Tall ships in the middle distance emphasize the depth of the vista..

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Giants Causeway.
  • Text outside of boundaries of image – Published by G. & W.B. Whittaker, London 1820.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Engravings
Subject(s) Nature
Geographical Location
  • Giant's Causeway - Named locality
  • Antrim - County
  • Ulster - Province
Keywords(s) Bays (Bodies of water), Cliffs, Dogs, People, Rock formations, Seas, Ships
Colour Monochrome
Published / created 1820

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Popular voyages
Contributor(s)
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy opp. p. 70
Source copy National Library of Ireland J 9140
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Related text from travel account

“Pray, Sir,” said Edward, “Of what are the Basaltic columns composed ?”
Dr. Walker. —”Basalt is always a homogeneous rock, and abounds in black oxyde of iron; and a piece of basalt presented to a common observer, would immediately be pronounced the product of a volcano, the analogy between it and the lava being most striking.”
Upon reaching Fairhead, Edward was lost in astonishment. Even his glowing imagination had fallen short in the picture of the Giant's Causeway. He was perfectly speechless. “Was I wrong when I described the grandeur of this scene,” said Dr. Walker, as his pupil gazed with astonishment and delight at the magnificent scene before him. “Oh no, Sir,” replied Edward, “Oh how I wish my mother and sisters could see this grand view ! I hope you will not quit Fairhead to day, Sir, I could gaze for ever.” — No,” replied Dr. Walker, “You shall pass one more day [p. 80] here; but we have, you must remember, a finer prospect of this kind in reserve—the Isle of Staffa.”
Edward was unwilling to allow any view could be finer than the one before him. The next day unfortunately proved very stormy, and the travellers, although they received much gratification in contemplating the majesty of the waves as they broke against the Basaltic columns, were compelled to pass the greater part of the day in the inn where they had taken up their abode, and where they amused themselves with the following short dissertation upon rocks. [pp. 79-80] [Preceded and followed by several pages on rock formations.]
Giants Causeway