Sarah’s Bridge, on the River Anna Liffey

Artist(s) : George Petrie (Draughtsman), Edward Goodall (Engraver)

View of Sarah's Bridge, now known as Islandbridge, seen from the riverbank. The focal point is the single-span bridge with its railings and five pairs of lampposts, reflected in the water and framing a further vista of the river and city beyond. River traffic consists of two rowing boats and a slightly larger square-rigged craft. In one of the rowing boats a man is standing holding a pole, possibly for punting where the water is shallow. Men are fishing on either side: on the left an angler with a rod, and on the right, standing in the river, three fishermen with nets, watched by two further figures. To the right, three women clad in light colours observe the scene from the water's edge. On the same bank are assorted buildings, one, apparently a warehouse, with a distinctive chimney stack, another with smoke rising from its chimneys. The obelisk of the Wellington Monument is seen in the distance to the left.
This print was incorporated by Miss Hammill into her diary of her travels in Wales and Ireland (1828-1829). It is cropped at the bottom. A similar one in the National Library of Ireland is inscribed 'Fisher, Son & Co. London, 1828.' It appeared in G.N. Wright’s Ireland Illustrated (1831) and Wakeman's Dublin Delineated (1831) with the same inscription.

Rosalind M. Elmes and Michael Hewson, Catalogue of Irish topographical prints and original drawings (Dublin: Malton Press for the National Library of Ireland Society, 1975).
E. MacDowel Cosgrave, ‘A Contribution Towards a Catalogue of Nineteenth-Century Engravings of Dublin (Continued)', The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Fifth series, vol. 37, no. 1 (March 31, 1907), 41-60.
National Library of Ireland, at Accessed 14.4.2018.
George Newenham Wright, Ireland illustrated: from original drawings by Geo. Petrie, W.H. Bartlett, T.M. Baynes and others (London: H. Fisher, Son, and Jackson, 1831).

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature –
    Drawn by Geo. Petrie Esq., R.H.A.
    Edw. Goodall direxit.
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image –
    Sarah's Bridge, on the River Anna Liffey.
  • Text outside of boundaries of image –
    [Beneath title] To the Right Hon the Lord Viscount Palmerston this plate is most respectfully dedicated.

Image Details

Genre Townscape
Technique Engravings
Subject(s) Cities and towns, Transportation
Geographical Location
  • Sarah's Bridge/Islandbridge, Dublin - Named locality
  • Dublin - Town or city
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Boats, Bridges, Chimneys, Construction, Fishing, Industrial buildings, Lampposts, Obelisks, People, Rivers, Trees, Women
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 11 cm x 15.5 cm
Published / created 1828

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Diary of travels in Wales and Ireland
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy opp. p. 19
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 34,290/1
Alternative source

This is a link to a digital copy hosted by an external website.
Rights National Library of Ireland
Sarah’s Bridge, on the River Anna Liffey