Custom House, Dublin

Artist(s) : Thomas Creswick (Draughtsman)

View of Dublin Custom House, from the quayside nearby. Two women enveloped in cloaks and hoods are sitting in the foreground, with baskets at their feet and three pigs apparently feeding on cabbages. A lively but relatively humble street scene, with numerous pedestrians and several vehicles, occupies the space in front of the focal building. Three ships, one with ‘Shamrock’ written across its stern, and a boat are docked by the quay.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – T. Creswick. / H. Griffith. / Printed by Alfred Adlard.
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Custom House, Dublin.
  • Text within boundaries of image – Shamrock

Image Details

Genre Townscape
Technique Etchings
Subject(s) Architecture, Cities and towns
Geographical Location
  • Custom House - Named locality
  • Dublin - Town or city
  • Dublin - County
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Carriages & coaches, Coach drivers, Crowds, Government facilities, Harbours, Horses, Lampposts, Livestock, Passengers, Peasants, People, Pigs, Rivers, Shawls, Ships, Stelae, Women
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 10.5 cm x 14 cm
Published / created 1837

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Ireland Picturesque and Romantic
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy opp. p. 13
Source copy National Library of Ireland Ir 9141 r 15
Alternative source

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Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

The Bank of Ireland, the Four Courts, and the Custom-house are usually described as the principal public buildings of Dublin. As for the Custom-house, now the Stamp Office, it is so accurately given in the annexed engraving that I have little to say about it. It presents a hand some rather than an imposing front to the river, and with the assistance of the shipping, including of course a steamer or two, adorns a picturesque and animated scene. The harbour, formed by the quays which border the Liffey, is a straight avenue running up from the bay; and from the sudden ness with which this commences, without narrow ing gradually from the embouchure, it has more the appearance of a canal than of a river. The building itself is three hundred and seventy-five feet long, and two hundred and five deep. The south or principal facade is, as it ought to be, the handsomest. The dome is a hundred and twenty-five feet high, with a statue of Hope on the apex. The pediment of the portico is adorned by an allegory in alto relievo, representing the Union of // England and Ireland, with Neptune driving away Famine and Despair. This is the best employment Neptune could have in these piping times of peace; and now that the feet and fins of his Hippocampi have the assistance of steam, it is to be hoped he will be able to accomplish the task forthwith. [pp. 13-14]
Custom House, Dublin