Enniscorthy, Wexford

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

View of Enniscorthy, on either side of the River Slaney, with sailing boats moored along the banks. Details of the town include the castle to the left, the bridge right of centre and a wide variety of dwellings and other buildings extending out to the countryside. Numerous people are depicted. Among them are women in cloaks, or shawls, with baskets, a man with a cart backed against a warehouse with a hoist, and passengers in a small rowing boat. There is a suggestion of ornamental planting on the left bank of the river.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – T. Creswick. / J. T. Willmore / Printed by Alfred Adlard.
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Enniscorthy, Wexford.

Image Details

Genre Townscape
Technique Etchings
Subject(s) Cities and towns, Forts and fortifications, Rural life, Transportation
Geographical Location
  • Enniscorthy - Town or city
  • Wexford - County
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Baskets, Boats, Bridges, Carriages & coaches, Carts, Castles, Gardens & parks, Horses, People, Rivers, Shawls, Towers, Women
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 12.4 cm x 12.2 cm
Published / created 1837

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Ireland Picturesque and Romantic
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy opp. p. 122
Source copy National Library of Ireland Ir 9141 r 15
Alternative source

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Related text from travel account

From Arklow I proceeded by the coach to Wexford. After the Vale of Avoca, the scenery of this part of the country is very uninteresting, at least till we reach Enniscorthy; but it has one peculiarity, that the county is girded in by lofty hills on all sides except towards the sea. Gorey struck me as I passed through it to be a favourable sample of the small towns of Ireland; but Enniscorthy, rising amphitheatrically on the banks of the Slaney river, and dominated by its ancient but habitable castle, looked sufficiently romantic to make me regret the arrangements which compelled me to pass on without stopping. The reader, however, loses nothing on the score of the picturesque, as he will find by turning his eyes on the opposite page. In the drawings of // my able coadjutor, there is a union of the poetical and the true, which only they who know the spots he has selected can properly appreciate. The river scenery here, and indeed all the way to Wexford, is extremely agreeable, and the small barges, gliding between the banks of intense green, give just as much animation to the picture as serves to please without exciting. The bridge, however, will no longer be found so picturesque as it appears in the view ; for at the time I drove past, they were busy constructing arches below, for the purpose of rendering it wider and more level. [pp. 122-123]
Enniscorthy, Wexford