Glenarm

Artist(s) : James Howard Burgess (Draughtsman)

View of Glenarm village and surrounding landscape, seen from the road leading down into the town. On the right is the seashore with posts, fishing nets and a small boat pulled up on the beach. Prominent features of the town include a very large castle, a church with a tall steeple, and numerous solid-looking houses. There are two figures in the foreground by the wall separating the road from the sea, and others dotted along the roadway. A landscape of rolling hills features large fields and luxuriant woodland.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – Drawn by J. H. Burgess. Pub[lishe]d by M. Ward, Belfast
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Glenarm, Co. Antrim

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Etchings
Subject(s) Cities and towns, Nature
Geographical Location
  • Glenarm - Village
  • Antrim - County
  • Ulster - Province
Keywords(s) Boats, Castles, Churches, Fishing, Houses, Lands, People, Steeples, Towers, Trees
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 14.5 cm x 23 cm
Published / created 1853

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Illustrations of the North of Ireland
Contributor(s)
Note Drawn by James Howard Burgess.
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy p. 31
Source copy National Library of Ireland J 91411
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Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

THIS sweet sequestered little village is situated at the foot of a deep glen, by the side of a mountain stream. The hills appearing to hang over it on both sides, must have given it the appearance, in former years, of an almost inaccessible retreat, unless by sea, or the narrow pass along the glen. Of late, a new road has been formed by paring down the promontory till the masses thrown over, reared themselves above the surface of the waters; and by this means, the town may be reached by a delightful drive, superceding by far the very steep adjacent roads–to vehicles almost insurmountable. On one side of the bay stands the Meeting-house and parish Church, whose neat spire is the only rival of the surrounding hills, and which might serve as an index to the way worn traveller, who else might look in vain for habitations of men, so completely sheltered is this romantic retreat. On the same side is the Castle; a stately, ancient pile, in a commanding position, and approached by a lofty barbican, standing on the extremity of the bridge, the castle is large and contains some excellent apartments, the present possessor of the estates (by marriage with the late Countess of Antrim), is Mr. McDonnel, and to whom much praise is due for his improving and advancing the shipping interests of the town. Glenarm may be reached by Mail Car from Belfast, a distance of 28 Miles. [p. 30]
Glenarm