[O’Sullivan’s Cascade]

Artist(s) : Arthur Young (Draughtsman)

View of O’Sullivan’s Cascade, in Tomies Wood, Killarney. The waterfall is in the centre of the image, with vegetation growing on either side, and rocks at the bottom of the stream. The illustration is a greyscale ink wash drawing with a light blue wash frame.

Inscribed in Image

  • Instructions to binder – 297

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Wash drawings
Subject(s) Nature
Geographical Location
  • Tomies Wood - Townland
  • Kerry - County
  • Munster - Province
  • O'Sullivan's Cascade - Named locality
Keywords(s) Rivers, Trees, Waterfalls
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 17.9 cm x 22.1 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. 297
Source copy National Library of Ireland LO 10203
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

The near approach to Tomys exhibits a sweep of wood, so great in extent, and so rich in foliage, that no person can see without admiring it. The mountainous part above is soon excluded by the approach; wood alone is seen, and that in such a noble range, as to be greatly striking; it just hollows into a bay, and in the center of it is a chasm in the wood; this is the bed of a considerable stream, which forms O'Sullivan's cascade, to which all strangers are conducted, as one of the principal beauties of Killarney. Landed to the right of it, and walked under the thick shade of the wood, over a rocky declivity; close to the torrent stream, which breaks impetuously from rock to rock, with a roar that kindles expectation. The picture in your fancy will not exceed the reality; a great stream bursts from the deep bosom of a wooded glen, hollowed into a retired recess of rocks and trees, itself a most pleasing and romantic spot, were there not a drop of water; the first fall is many feet perpendicularly over a rock, to the eye it immediately makes another, the bason into which it pours being concealed; from this bason it forces itself impetuously between two, rocks; this second fall is also of a considerable height, but the lower one, the third, is the most considerable, it issues in the same manner from a bason hid from the point of view. These basons being large, there appears a space of several yards between each fall, which adds, much to the picturesque scenery; the whole is within an arch of wood, that hangs over it; the quantity of water is so considerable as to make an almost deafening noise, and uniting with the torrent below, where the fragments of rock are large and numerous, throw an air of grandeur over the whole. It is about seventy feet high. [p. 297]
O’Sullivan’s Cascade