Lower Lake of Killarney

Artist(s) : Thomas Creswick (Draughtsman), Robert William Wallis (Engraver)

View of Lough Leane. In the foreground and to the right, three people are gathered in or near a boat. Creels and nets indicate that they are engaged in fishing. The lake stretches away in the distance and to the right. Three sail boats can be seen on the surface of the lake, which is flanked by mountains on the left.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – T. Creswick. / R. Wallis.
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Lower Lake of Killarney.
  • Text outside of boundaries of image – London. Published for the Proprietor, by Longman & Co. Paternoster Row.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Etchings
Subject(s) Nature, Rural life
Geographical Location
  • Lough Leane - Lake
  • Kerry - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Baskets, Boats, Fishing, Hats, Islands, Lakes & ponds, Men, Mountains, People, Trees, Women
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 11 cm x 11.5 cm
Published / created 1838

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Ireland Picturesque and Romantic
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy Vol. II, facing p. 231
Source copy National Library of Ireland Ir 9141 r 15
Alternative source

This is a link to a digital copy hosted by an external website.

Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

This, I have mentioned, was not the route I chose myself on the present occasion, — or was compelled to choose. I proceeded almost in a straight line from Limerick, along a route which, for the most part, was dreary and uninteresting. Two or three ruins of little note, and various miserable villages, hardly improved the scene; till at length, after passing Castle-Island, the peaks of Mc Gillicuddy's Reeks appeared above the horizon in the distance. By degrees these mountains became distinctly visible; and by degrees the Lakes of Killarney unfolded themselves at the bottom. My first glimpse of the water, however, was sudden. The road had turned to the right, to traverse a wild and solitary dell; and in turning again, to resume our original course, a portion of the Lower Lake, with its mountain boundaries, appeared at the end of a vista // through the hills. Nothing could be finer than the picture thus presented; and it was viewed through its best medium, the mellowed light of evening. Killarney I found a disagreeable, mean looking, little town; and the principal inn was so bad that I was compelled to change my quarters the next morning. At the Hibernian I found myself greatly more comfortable; although it is a very inferior house in appearance. The charges at both were much too high; and I think if some spirited person were to establish a really good and moderate inn, either in the town, or, which would be preferable, nearer the lake, it would answer exceedingly well as a speculation. A description of the Lakes of Killarney! In a space like this it is impossible; and, after so many previous descriptions, it would not be desirable. I shall content myself, therefore, with giving the reader a general idea of the scene, and with endeavouring to convey a few of my own impressions. In the Guide Book he will find a sufficiently minute account of all that is necessary to be known; and in Weld's Picturesque Views of Killarney, he will travel under the guidance of a man of correct taste and of an elegant mind. Giving precedence to the arts, which, in a work like the present, is not too great humility, I first present him with the opposite view of a nook of the Lower Lake, where he will find many of the peculiarities for which Killarney is celebrated. [Vol. II, pp. 230-231]
Lower Lake of Killarney