Abbey of Saint John in Kilkenny

Artist(s) : John Duff (Engraver)

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

  • Signature – Duff Sc.
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Abbey of Saint John in Kilkenny.
  • Instructions to binder – to face page 100.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Engravings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture
Geographical Location
  • St John's Abbey/Priory - Named locality
  • Kilkenny - Town or city
  • Kilkenny - County
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Churches, Ruins
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 14 cm x 17.2 cm
Published / created 1778

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account A Philosophical Survey of the South of Ireland
Note Thomas Campbell
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy opp. p. 100
Source copy National Library of Ireland J.91414.CAN/1778
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

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]
Abbey of Saint John in Kilkenny