Abbey of Inch

Artist(s) : Jonathan Binns (Draughtsman), Louis Haghe (Lithographer), William Day (Lithographer)

View of the ruins of Inch Abbey in Co. Down. It shows the outer wall of the chancel, with three ogival windows, and part of one side, with further tall windows. The building is overgrown by vegetation and surrounded by trees. Beyond it lies a stretch of water (the River Quoile) with two sailing boats. A large edifice on one of the distant hills may be intended to represent Down Cathedral, whose restoration was completed in 1818.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – Sketched by Jonathan Binns.
    Day and Haghe, Lithrs. to the Queen.
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Abbey of Inch.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Lithographs
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture, Nature
Geographical Location
  • Inch Abbey - Named locality
  • Down - County
  • Ulster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Armour, Boats, Buildings, Castles, Churches, Hills, Lakes & ponds, Rivers, Ruins, Towers, Trees, Windows
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 9.5 cm x 14.1 cm
Published / created 1837

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account The Miseries and Beauties of Ireland
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy opp. p. 139
Source copy National Library of Ireland J 9141
Alternative source

This is a link to a digital copy hosted by an external website.
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

Inch Abbey, which I next visited, is a fine ruin, with ivy mantled walls and tall lancet windows. The grave yard of Inch Church (the wildest and rudest spot for such a purpose I ever saw) is still used by the present owner, Mr. Maxwell. The nettles and other weeds were six or seven feet high, and covered the entire surface. Inch, or Inis Courcy, was founded by Sir John de Courcy, in the hope of making his peace with heaven for having destroyed the Abbey of Erynagh. He [p. 140] gave it to the monks of the Cistercian order, and dedicated it to the Virgin Mary in 1180. From Inch I walked on to the ruins of Saul Church, passing the Quoile Bridge and Clough Doors. [pp. 139-140]
Abbey of Inch