The Irish Market Girl

Artist(s) : Daniel Maclise (Draughtsman), Henry Richard Cook (Engraver)

Portrait of a barefoot girl, carrying two baskets, and wearing a long dark shawl over an embroidered dress. A hilly landscape and a cottage are shown in the background.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – D. Maclise. A.R.A. / H. Cook.
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – The Irish Market Girl.
  • Text outside of boundaries of image – London. Published 1837, for the Proprietor, by Longman & Co. Paternoster Row.

Image Details

Genre Portrait
Technique Stipple engravings
Subject(s) Manners and customs, Rural life
Geographical Location
  • Stranorlar - Town or city
  • Donegal - County
  • Ulster - Province
Keywords(s) Baskets, Folklore, Peasants, People, Shawls, Women
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 10.4 cm x 16.3 cm
Published / created 1837

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Ireland Picturesque and Romantic
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy Vol. II, facing p. 154
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 scenery was occasionally pretty till after we had passed the little town of Stranorlan — where, by the same token there was a large cattle fair going on in the street, and, among the crowd, the identical young girl whom the reader will see on the opposite page. She is a "rich" but not a "rare" specimen of what in England would be a market girl, although in Ireland the young lady is in all probability the daughter of a small farmer. It would seem to be hardly time to expect a change in physiognomy, for we are still in the north; but certainly the glowing eyes of the true natives begin at this place to mingle with the wary and yet tranquil orbs of the settlers of King James. At the fair the people were, with hardly an exception, respectably clothed. [Vol. II, p. 154]
The Irish Market Girl