General Cunninghame’s Arbutus

Artist(s) : Arthur Young (Draughtsman)

Image of fallen arbutus tree, with part of the leaves still growing out of the branches of the reclined tree. A fence is visible in the background. The illustration is a greyscale ink wash drawing with light blue wash frame.

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption within boundaries of image – General Cunninghame’s Arbutus.
  • Text within boundaries of image – PLATE II.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Wash drawings
Subject(s) Nature
Geographical Location
  • Mount Kennedy House - Named locality
  • Wicklow - County
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Gardens & parks, Trees
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 21 cm x 17.2 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. 86
Source copy National Library of Ireland LO 10203
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

Reached in the evening Mount Kennedy, the seat of Gen. Cunninghame, who fortunately proved to me an instructor as assiduous as he is able. He is in the midst of a country almost all his own, for he has 10,000 Irish acres here. His domain, and the grounds about it, are very beautiful, not a level can be seen; every spot is tolled about in a variety of hill and dale. In the middle of the lawn is one of the greatest natural curiosities in the kingdom; an immense arbutus tree unfortunately blown down, but yet vegetating, one branch, which parts from the body near the ground, and afterwards divides into many large branches, is 6 feet 2 inches in circumference. The general buried part of the stem as it laid, and it is from several branches throwing out fine young shoots: it is a most venerable remnant. Killarney, the region of the Arbutus, boasts of no such tree as this. [p. 86]
General Cunninghame’s Arbutus