Comme Dhuv (The Black Valley)

Artist(s) : Thomas Creswick (Draughtsman), Henry Hill (Engraver)

Scenic view of the Black Valley, near the Gap of Dunloe, Co. Kerry. There are two men on a crag beside a pool in the foreground. One is standing, facing the viewer and waving his hat; the other is seated and holding a book. Two other figures are approaching from the valley below. A river winds away into the distance along the valley floor. Mountains (Macgillicuddy's Reeks) tower in the background.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – T. Creswick. / H. Hill.
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Comme Dhuv. (the Black Valley.)
    From the Gap of Dunloe.
  • 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
Geographical Location
  • The Black Valley, near Carrauntoohil - Named locality
  • Kerry - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Birds, Hats, Lakes & ponds, Mountains, People, Rivers
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 11 cm x 14 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. 242
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

After passing the Gap, we come to the Dark Valley, which is certainly one of the finest bits of the picturesque about Killarney. A view is annexed of this wild and desolate hollow, surrounded by its dreary hills. As it was altogether impossible for // me to ascend those heights in such weather, I should like again to make use of the pen of Mr, Weld, but have now only room to refer the reader to his elegant work. In the weather in which I was so unfortunate as to see Killarney, much of the beauty was of course lost. The mountains were merely masses of shadow, without form or character; and it was only a transient gleam of light, now and then, which enabled me to imagine their real effects. Weld, however, gives an account of rather a curious phenomenon, arising from a different state of the atmosphere. "Occasionally," says he, "an effect is produced by the setting of the sun on the range of mountains bounding the lake, not less beautiful than rare, and totally different from what I remember to have seen in other mountainous countries; though doubtless, in particular situations, the same appearance may result from the variations in the atmosphere. I can only attempt to give an idea of it by describing it as displaying the mountain in a transparent state, and suffused with a lively purple hue. Varying, however, from the aerial aspect of distant mountains, all the objects upon them, rocks, woods, and even houses, are distinctly visible —more so indeed than at noon- day; whilst, at the same time, their forms appear so unsubstantial, so ethereal, that one might almost fancy it possible to pass through them without resistance." [Vol. II, p. 242-243]
Comme Dhuv (The Black Valley)