Giant's Causeway

View of the Giant’s Causeway descending to the sea from left to right. On the left-hand side, two figures are hauling a small boat towards the shore, and a third is standing in it with an oar or pole. On the right-hand side, further in the distance, a man and two elegantly dressed women, one with a parasol, figures, probably one man and two women, are looking towards the rock formations, towards which the man is pointing with his stick.

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Tour thro[ugh] Ireland / Giants Causeway

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Aquatints
Subject(s) Marines, Nature
Geographical Location
  • Giant's Causeway - Named locality
  • Antrim - County
  • Ulster - Province
Keywords(s) Beaches, Boats, Cliffs, People, Rock formations, Seas
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 10.6 cm x 17.2 cm
Published / created 1806

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Journal of a Tour in Ireland &c. &c. performed in August 1804.
Note Anon
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy opp. p. 22
Source copy National Library of Ireland Ir 9141 j 14
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This is a link to a digital copy hosted by an external website.

http://hdl.handle.net/2027/wu.89035512870?urlappend=%3Bseq=27
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Related text from travel account

Very early, on a dismal morning, Saturday, August 18th, the rain pouring in torrents, we set out with a guide to view the Giant's Causeway. The first place to which we were conducted was a cave, at the mouth of which the sea broke tremendously. It' is a sublime cathedral, built by the God of nature himself, and where the elements worship him. We next visited the Three Causeways, one of which is a plain surface of hexagonal stones, more nicely shaped and adapted to each other than the feeble hand of art could effect; and over this we walked as on the level of the sea. In the second, the basaltic columns, rising in different shapes, gave occasion to the guides (of whom another now joined us) to point out the giant's chair, his loom, his well, and his organ; but Pleskin, the last causeway, is the most striking, being that of which drawings are generally taken, and of which there is a model in the museum of Trinity College, Dublin. Here the columns are more numerous and regular, appearing like many rows of elegant pillars rising in clusters over each other: but my curiosity was gratified; and the heaviness of the morning, the call of hunger, and the prospect of the great distance I had yet to travel, prevented me from lingering on the spot. I accordingly returned to the inn; and, after breakfasting and paying an immoderate charge to the guide, set off to walk back to Newton-Limavady. [p. 22]
Giant's Causeway