[Dalkey Island]

Although the title handwritten below the image is 'Howth Head', this is an image of Dalkey Island, which has been pasted into the album. A martello tower on a rocky outcrop dominates one end of the island. At the other end there is a roofless two-storey building (the ruin of St Begnet's's church), and a little below it a column of smoke rises from the ground. There are sails on the horizon and a steamship travelling towards the coast. A smaller boat close to the shore appears to be carrying a group of anglers with rods. On the shore there are several standing or sitting figures. Large rocks occupy the right-hand foreground, others emerge from the sea.

This image is almost identical to a view entitled ‘Dalkey Island, Bay of Dublin', engraved by J. Greig after a drawing by George Petrie for Thomas Cromwell's Excursions through Ireland (London: Longman et al., 1820).

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Wood engravings
Subject(s) Forts and fortifications, Marines, Transportation
Geographical Location
  • Dalkey Island - Island
  • Dublin - County
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Bays (Bodies of water), Boats, Churches, Fishing, Houses, Islands, People, Seas, Ships, Sports & recreation, Towers
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 13.6 cm x 9.8 cm
Published / created 1820 - 1829

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Diary of travels in Wales and Ireland
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy opp. p. 18
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 34,290/1
Alternative source

This is a link to a digital copy hosted by an external website.

Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland
Dalkey Island