[View of Lough Erne near Belleisle, with scattered islands]

Artist(s) : Arthur Young (Draughtsman)

View of Lough Erne near Belleisle. Trees are in the foreground, on the hilly shore. Beyond, several wooded islands dot the surface of the lake. There are mountains in the background. The illustration is a greyscale ink wash drawing with light blue wash frame.

Inscribed in Image

  • Instructions to binder – 168

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Wash drawings
Subject(s) Nature
Geographical Location
  • Upper Lough Erne - Lake
  • Fermanagh - County
  • Ulster - Province
Keywords(s) Islands, Lakes & ponds, Trees
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 17 cm x 23 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. 168
Source copy National Library of Ireland LO 10203
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

August 15th, to Belleisle, the charming seat of the Earl of Ross. It is an island in Loch Earne of 200 Irish acres, every part of it hill, dale, and gentle declivities: it has a great, deal of wood, much of which is old, and forms both deep shades, and open chearful groves. The trees hang on the slopes, and consequently shew themselves to the best advantage. All this is exceedingly pretty, but it is rendered trebly so by the situation: a reach of the lake passes before the house, which is situated near the banks among some fine woods, which give both beauty and shelter. This sheet of water, which is three miles over, is bounded in front by an island of thick wood; and by a bold circular hill, which is his Lordship's deer park, this hill is backed by a considerable mountain. To the right are four or five fine clumps of dark wood; so many islands which rise boldly from the lake, the water breaks in straits between them, and forms a scene extremely picturesque. On the other side the lake stretches behind wood, in a streight which forms Belleisle. Lord Ross has made walks round the island, from which there is a considerable variety of prospect. A temple is built on a gentle hill, commanding the view of the wooded islands abovementioned; but the most pleasing prospect of them is coming out of the grotto: they appear in an uncommon beauty; two seem to join, and the water which flows between takes the appearance of a fine bay, projecting deep into a dark wood: nothing can be more beautiful. The park hill rises above them, and the whole is backed with mountains. The home scene at your feet also is pretty; a lawn scattered with trees that forms the margin of the lake, closing gradually in a thick wood of tall trees, above the tops of which is a distant view of Cultiegh mountain, which is there seen in its proudest solemnity. [p. 168]
View of Lough Erne near Belleisle, with scattered islands