The Four Courts, Dublin

Artist(s) : Thomas Creswick (Draughtsman), Robert Brandard (Engraver)

View of the Four Courts in Dublin, from the river, north of the building. in the foreground, to the right, a man, seated on the quayside, is fishing in the river. Several rowing boats and sailing boats are moored near a bridge that occupies the centre of the image. Beyond, to the left, the Four Courts loom large. Scaffolding, with a platform and ladder, is attached to a nearby building.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – T. Creswick. / R. Brandard. / Printed by Alfred Adlard.
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – The Four Courts, Dublin.

Image Details

Genre Townscape
Technique Etchings
Subject(s) Architecture, Cities and towns
Geographical Location
  • Four Courts, Dublin - Named locality
  • Dublin - Town or city
  • Dublin - County
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Boats, Bridges, Buildings, Construction, Fishing, Government facilities, People, Rivers
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 10.4 cm x 12.1 cm
Published / created 1837

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Ireland Picturesque and Romantic
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy opp. p. 14
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 courts of law are contained in a building commonly called the Four Courts, which also faces the Liffey. It is a vast and fine looking edifice, with a front of four hundred and forty feet. An immense dome, raised on a beautiful colonnade, crowns the whole pile, surmounting the great hall of the Courts. This building is new, having been opened only in 1797. The old Four Courts adjoined Christ Church Cathedral. It was approached through a place called Hell, and over the arched entrance was appropriately set up an oaken image of the Devil. The locale, however, which was so stigmatized was in reality Christ Churchyard, and the black and hideous figure may have been, for aught I know, the Pope. The story of the advertisement is well known — "To be let, furnished apartments in Hell. N. B. They are well suited for a lawyer." In "Death and Doctor Hornbook," we observe that Burns knew of this residence of his Satanic majesty: "But this that I am gaun to tell, / Which lately on a night befell, / Is just as true's the Deil's in hell. / Or Dublin city." [p. 14]
The Four Courts, Dublin