Four images of a mud-wall cabin. The first, in the top left-hand quarter, shows the walls of the cabin without roofing, with two men at work on their construction. In the top right, the wooden framework of the roof has been erected on top of the walls. In the bottom left, the complete thatched roof is in position. In the bottom right, a more dishevelled cabin is seen from further away. It has been built against the slope of a hillside, and smoke is rising from the doorway.
The illustration is a greyscale ink wash drawing with light blue wash borders.
|Genre||Scientific or Technical illustration|
|Subject(s)||Agriculture, Architecture, Rural life|
|Keywords(s)||Cabins, Construction, Cottages, Men, People|
|Dimensions||19 cm x 23.7 cm|
|Published / created||1780|
|Travel Account||A Tour in Ireland [Young; copy with unique drawings]|
|Print or manuscript|
|Location of image in copy||opp. p. 25|
|Source copy||National Library of Ireland LO 10203|
|Rights||Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland|
Related text from travel account
|From hence took the road to Summerhill, the seat of the Right Hon. H. L. Rowley, the country is chearful and rich; and if the Irish cabbins continue like what I have hitherto seen, I shall not hesitate to pronounce their inhabitants as well off as most English Cottagers. They are built of mud walls 18 inches or 2 feet thick, and well thatched, which are far warmer than the thin clay walls in England. Here are few cottars without a cow, and some of them two. A bellyful invariably of potatoes, and generally turf for fuel from a bog. It is true, they have not always chimneys to their cabbins, the door serving for that and window too: if their eyes are not affected with the smoke, it may be an advantage in warmth. Every cottage swarms with poultry, and most of them have pigs. [p. 21]|