[Slane Castle]

Artist(s) : Arthur Young (Draughtsman)

View of Slane Castle from the Boyne River. In the foreground, three figures are on a boat by the river bank, looking towards the castle, that dominates the valley in the distance and to the right.

Inscribed in Image

  • Text within boundaries of image – "Too lony" - in pencil, above the castle. Other MS pencil writings both inside and outside frame barely legible.
  • Instructions to binder – 30

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Wash drawings
Subject(s) Architecture, Nature
Geographical Location
  • Slane - Castle
  • Meath - County
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Boats, Castles, Hats, Lands, Mansions, Mountains, Passengers, People, Rivers, Trees, Wetlands
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 14 cm x 19.4 cm
Published / created 1780

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account A Tour in Ireland [Young; copy with unique drawings]
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy opp. p. 30
Source copy National Library of Ireland LO 10203
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

Lord Conyngham's seat, Slane Castle, on the Boyne, is one of the most beautiful places I have seen; the grounds are very bold and various, rising around the castle in noble hills or beautiful inequalities of surface, with an outline of flourishing plantations. Under the castle flows the Boyne, in a reach broken by islands, with a very fine shore of rock on one fide, and wood on the other. Through the lower plantations are ridings, which look upon several beautiful scenes, formed by the river, and take in the distant country, exhibiting the noblest views of waving Cultinald Hills, with the castle finely situated in the midst of the planted domain, through which the Boyne winds its beautiful course. Under Mr Lambert's house, on the fame river, is a moil romantic and beautiful spot; rocks on one fide, rising in peculiar forms very boldly; the other steep wood, the river bending short between them like a land-locked bason. Lord Conyngham's keeping up Slaine Castle, and spending great sums, though he rarely resides there, is an instance of magnificence not often met with; while it is so common for absentees to drain the kingdom of every shilling they can; so contrary a conduct ought to be held in the estimation which it justly deserves. [pp. 30-31]
Slane Castle