Bay of Brie [Bray]

Artist(s) : Ole Jørgen Rawert (Painter)

View of the 'Bay of Brie' [Bray], dated 20 October 1818, looking south towards Bray Head, Co. Wicklow, with the Great Sugarloaf Mountain lying to the right. In the middle distance there is a hamlet among fields. The main feature of the foreground is a Martello tower on a rocky outcrop by the road.

Six Martello towers were built along the stretch of coast from Killiney to Bray, in 1804-1806. If this image is accurate, and given the absence of other towers, the one depicted should logically be the first tower north of Bray Head itself, that is, the now vanished tower at Mountpark. However, the relatively elevated position from which the view has been taken, and the lie of the land below, suggest that the tower might be on Killiney Hill.

Sheila Sutcliff, Martello Towers (Vancouver: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1973).
Jason Bolton, Tim Carey, Rob Goodbody, and Gerry Clabby, The Martello Towers of Dublin (Dublin: Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown & Fingal County Council, 2012).

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Watercolour paintings
Subject(s) Forts and fortifications, Marines, Nature
Geographical Location
  • Bray Head, Co. Wicklow - Named locality
  • Wicklow - County
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Bays (Bodies of water), Buildings, Mountains, Seas, Towers
Colour Coloured
Dimensions 12.6 cm x 10.0 cm
Published / created 1818

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Rawerts maleriske Reise
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy 130 d
Source copy Royal Danish Library (Det Kgl. Bibliotek) Rawerts maleriske Reise, VI
Alternative source

This is a link to a digital copy hosted by an external website.
Rights Royal Danish Library (Det Kgl. Bibliotek)
Bay of Brie [Bray]