[Antlers of Irish deer]

Image of Irish deer antlers and skull in the Royal Museum of Dublin, reproduced from an account by John Hart, FRCS, MRIA. The shape and dimensions of the antlers, which are lettered a to d, are given beneath the image.

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption outside of boundaries of image –
    Length from a to a . . . . 9 ft. 2 inches.
    Length of each antler, a, b . . 5 9
    Greatest breadth of palm, c, d . 2 10
  • Text within boundaries of image – [clockwise from left] a b b c a d

Image Details

Genre Scientific or Technical illustration
Technique Woodcuts
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Nature
Keywords(s) Antiquities, Deer
Colour Monochrome
Published / created 1836

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account A Tour round Ireland [Barrow]
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy p. 289
Source copy National Library of Ireland Ir 9141 b 3

Related text from travel account

But that extraordinary animal, which is no longer in existence, and to which is given the name of cervus megaceros (from its immense antlers), is sometimes, though I believe seldom, found in regular bogs, but generally in valleys near the feet of the hills; mostly in marl-pits, but sometimes among rolled pebbles, or gravel. The are usually known by the name of the fossil elk of Ireland; to which island, however, they are not peculiar, the same species having been found in the Isle of Man, in France, Italy, and Germany. The finest specimen known, as I have already told you, is that in the Royal Museum of Dublin, a description of which was published some years ago* [footnote: *By John Hart, M.R.I.A., Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, &c.], with a figure of the complete skeleton, the antlers of which are the following shape and dimensions: —
[p. 290] Mr. Hart observes, that "this magnificent skeleton, when surmounted by the head and beautifully expanded antlers, extended out to a distance of nearly six feet on either side, forms a splendid display of the reliques of the former grandeur of the animal kingdom, and carries back the imagination to a period when whole herds of this noble animal wandered at large over the face of the country." [pp. 289-290]
Antlers of Irish deer