[Attribution to Robert Branston is conjectural - see biographical note for Branston]
View of a neo-Gothic castle with battlements and both round and polygonal turrets arranged in perfect symmetry. It is flanked by trees and the garden is without ornament.
Although the print is untitled, this romantic early nineteenth-century Gothic castle can be identified as Luttrellstown, known then as Woodlands Castle. The image was inserted by Miss Hammill (q.v.) in her manuscript diary of travels in Wales and Ireland (1828-1829). It is in fact an illustration that appeared in the Irish Penny Journal in October 1840, accompanying an article by George Petrie, who describes Woodlands as ‘the finest aristocratic residence in the immediate vicinity of our metropolis.’
Mark Bence-Jones, A Guide to Irish Country Houses (London: Constable & Co., 1988).
Irish Penny Journal, vol. 1, no. 18, 31 Oct. 1840, at http://www.jstor.org/stable/30001145. Accessed 15.4.2018.
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Related text from travel account
|We then [having visited the Phoenix Park] went on to Lucan a pleasant and busy village, near it is Woodlands [now Luttrellstown Castle] the seat of Col. [p. 21] White formerly the property of Lord Carhampton one of the most extensive demesnes in the county. The meandering course of the Liffey produces a great variety of lovely scenery in this neighbourhood; between Chapel Izod and Lucan the banks are cultivated to the summit with strawberries. The ride between these places has been compared to the scenery in the vicinity of Heidelberg in the Palatinate of the Rhine except that instead of a chain of steep or sloping hills, covered with vines and fruit trees, the swelling land is here clothed in a richly spangled dress of strawberries, peas, and flowers ranging in variegated forms with the winding course of the Liffey. We returned by Palmerstown where [p. 22] there was a fair and found some difficulty in penetrating through the bustling crowd from the number of intoxicated persons who would not or perhaps could not get out of the way; there were numerous tents all ragged like the people and the Poverty, dirt and tumult were as great as the glee and merriment. [pp. 20-22]