The Royal Exchange, Dublin

Artist(s) : William Henry Bartlett (Draughtsman), Charles John Smith (Engraver)

This is a representation of the busy area surrounding the Exchange, now the City Hall, containing several figures, and three types of horse-drawn conveyance. The figures represented include, from the left, a man holding what appears to be a shovel, a gentleman, three well-dressed ladies with a child. By the wall of the Exchange there are two male figures, wearing top hats, standing next to a seated figure, probably a beggar woman. There are several other figures in the scene, both on horseback and on foot.
Incorporated by Miss Hammill (q.v.) in her diary of travels in Wales and Ireland (1828-1829), this print appeared in G.N. Wright's Ireland Illustrated (1831) and Wakeman's Dublin Delineated, in both of which it is inscribed 'Fisher, Son & Co London 1829'.

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).
Dublin Delineated (Dublin: W.F. Wakeman, 1831).
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.
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 – W.H. Bartlett / C.I. Smith
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image –
    The Royal Exchange, Dublin.
  • Text outside of boundaries of image –
    To the Lord Mayor, High Sheriffs, City Representatives, Treasurer and Merchants this Plate is respectfully dedicated

Image Details

Genre Townscape
Technique Engravings
Subject(s) Architecture, Cities and towns
Geographical Location
  • Royal Exchange/City Hall - Named locality
  • Dublin - Town or city
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Buildings, Carriages & coaches, Children, Coach drivers, Dogs, Doors & Doorways, Horses, Lampposts, Men, People, Women
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 6.6 cm x 15.4 cm
Published / created 1829

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Diary of travels in Wales and Ireland
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy opp. p. 45
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 Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

The Royal Exchange joins the Castle and has three fronts all of Portland stone at whatever side this building is aproached, it pleases the eyes of the spectator and has in front of it one of the longest avenues in Dublin. [p. 45]
The Royal Exchange, Dublin