Lateral view of the ruin of Saint John’s Abbey in Kilkenny, showing a series of tripartite Gothic windows.
Two years after this account appeared, The Post-Chaise Companion (1788) praised St John's in very similar terms.
Inscribed in Image
|Subject(s)||Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture|
|Keywords(s)||Archaeological sites, Churches, Ruins|
|Dimensions||14 cm x 17.2 cm|
|Published / created||1778|
|Travel Account||A Philosophical Survey of the South of Ireland|
|Print or manuscript|
|Location of image in copy||opp. p. 100|
|Source copy||National Library of Ireland J.91414.CAN/1778|
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
|I mentioned to you the towers of three monasteries, these are St. John's, St. Francis's, and the Black Abbey. St. John's has great elegance, and amazing lightness in [p. 100] the style of the building. The Abbey-church of Bath is, I think, called the lanthorn of England; but this is more windowed still; for about fifty-four feet of the south side of the choir yet entire, the whole seems to be one window. I send you a sketch of it. The east window is sixteen feet wide, and about forty high, as I guess. Belonging to this Abbey are the remains of several old monuments, almost buried in the ruins. [pp. 99-100]|