[Powerscourt Waterfall [ink wash]]

Artist(s) : Arthur Young (Draughtsman)

View of Powerscourt Waterfall. The water falls from the rocks on the top right-hand corner of the image, and descends behind a group of trees in the foreground, on the left. Rocks and vegetation are on either side of the waterfall. The illustration is a greyscale ink wash drawing with light blue wash frame.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Wash drawings
Subject(s) Nature
Geographical Location
  • Powerscourt Waterfall - Named locality
  • Wicklow - County
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Cliffs, Rivers, Trees, Waterfalls
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 16.5 cm x 20.8 cm
Published / created 1780
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Bibliographical Details

Travel Account A Tour in Ireland [Young; copy with unique drawings]
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy opp. p. 92
Source copy National Library of Ireland LO 10203
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

Breakfasted at the inn at Tinnyhinch, and then drove to the park to see the water-fall. The park itself is fine; you enter it between two vast masses of mountain, covered with wood, forming a vale scattered with trees, through which flows a river on a broken rocky channel: you follow this vale till it is lost in a most uncommon manner, the ridges of mountain closing, form one great amphitheatre of wood, from the top of which, at the height of many hundred feet, bursts the water from a rock, and tumbling down the side of a very large one, forms a scene singularly beautiful. At the bottom is a spot of velvet turf, from which rises a clump of oaks, and through their stems, branches, and leaves, the falling water is seen as a back ground with an effect more picturesque than can be well imagined; these few trees, and this little lawn, give the finishing to the scene. The water falls behind some large fragments of rock, and turns to the left, down a stony channel, under the shade of a wood. [p. 92]
Powerscourt Waterfall [ink wash]