Artist(s) : James Howard Burgess (Draughtsman)

View of Portstewart, with the village on the right-hand side, the seashore on the left, and cliffs in the background.

Inscribed in Image

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

Image Details

Genre Townscape
Technique Etchings
Subject(s) Cities and towns
Geographical Location
  • Portstewart, Co. Derry - Village
  • Derry - County
  • Ulster - Province
Keywords(s) Beaches, Boats, Children, Churches, Cliffs, Horses, Livestock, People, Seas, Women
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 14.5 cm x 23 cm
Published / created 1853

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Illustrations of the North of Ireland
Note Drawn by James Howard Burgess.
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy p. 55
Source copy National Library of Ireland J 91411
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

THIS delightful Bathing Village, is built in the form of a crescent, and from the sea, presents a remarkably clean, neat and picturesque appearance. At the extremeties of the bay are immense blocks of rock, serving as a protection from the mighty billows of the Atlantic Ocean in the Winter season;–one of these has a remarkable echo in rough weather, and is called by the inhabitants, the “Clunk Rock.” On the other headland, a Mr. O’Hara, has built a handsome summer residence, which at little distance, with its embrasures and towers has all the appearance of a fortification. In the distance, and immediately opposite the bay, is the Innishowen chain of coast, with its steep perpendicular cliffs; beyond is Mallin Head, and in clear weather, may be seen Instrahull, with its most useful light-tower. At a short distance from Portstewart, is a delightful strand, which, but for the interruption of the river Bann, might be reckoned 12 miles in length, and is very much resorted to, by visitors. The noble mansion of Down HILL – the seat of Sir HARVEY BRUCE, is situated on a romantic promontory overhanging the sea, on the north side of the Bann river, and a short distance from where it empties itself into the ocean. There is in it a very splendid and valuable collection of Paintings and statuary by the first Masters, open to the public. Port Stewart has an excellent hotel, and may be considered one of the most fashionable summer Watering Places in the north of Ireland; besides, many highly respectable families are permanently resident. It is distant 3 miles from Portrush, and 4 from Coleraine. [p. 54]