Meeting of the Waters, Wicklow

Artist(s) : Thomas Creswick (Draughtsman), James Tibbitts Willmore (Engraver)

View of the Meeting of the Waters, where the rivers Avonmore and Avonbeg come together, forming the Avoca river. On the right, on ground somewhat above the bank, with rivers flowing from the left (the Avonmore) and the right (the Avonbeg), a group of nine elegantly dressed people, four men and five women, two of them holding parasols, occupy part of the foreground. Eight are seated, while one, a man wearing a hat, is standing. A picnic basket and two bottles are set on the grass nearby. Part of the roof of a small thatched building with a chimney can be seen lower down the bank. To the left, a portion of a bridge is summarily depicted. Near it, on the opposite bank, a man is seated on a circular bench encircling a tree. Further away on a grassy slope are two buildings; one is two storeys high, the other is small and cottage-like. In front of the latter are several white skirted figures. In the centre, beyond some marshy ground, the Avoca flows away to the right, winding among the woodlands, with mountains in the background.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – T. Creswick. / J. T. Willmore. / Printed by Alfred Adlard.
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Meeting of the Waters, Wicklow.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Etchings
Subject(s) Nature, Rural life
Geographical Location
  • Meeting of the Waters - Named locality
  • Wicklow - County
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Baskets, Bridges, Buildings, Cabins, Cottages, Eating & drinking, Gardens & parks, Hats, Headgear, Men, Mountains, People, Picnics, Rivers, Sculpture, Shawls, Skirts, Trees, Wetlands, Women
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 9.9 cm x 14.6 cm
Published / created 1837

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Ireland Picturesque and Romantic
Contributor(s)
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy opp. p. 118
Source copy National Library of Ireland Ir 9141 r 15
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Related text from travel account

Rathdrum is a melancholy looking little town, with nothing whatever of interest; but the demesne of Avondale beyond it, through which the traveller, forsaking the high road, may proceed to the Meeting of the Waters, is very beautiful. As for the celebrated confluence of the Avonmore and the Avonbeg, a charming view of which is annexed, there are fifty things more charming in this part of the country to which no name at all is attached. Mr. Moore, however, viewed the spot under peculiar circumstances; and where a solitary wanderer like myself found only an agreeable, // though not very striking diversity of wood and water, he enjoyed "something more exquisite still." / "'Twas that friends the beloved of my bosom were near, / Who made every dear scene of enchantment more dear, / And who felt how the best charms of nature improve, / When we see them reflected from looks that we love." / It is the property of genius, however, to consecrate whatever it touches; and the Meeting of the Waters will continue to be classic ground so long as a feeling of poetry shall exist in what was once the favourite land of the minstrel. It is said, that Moore sat upon the rustic seat under a tree on the left of the view while writing the song. I opine that he sat on an elbow chair in his own house. [pp. 118-119]
Meeting of the Waters, Wicklow