[Embarking, Dublin Bay]

Ink-wash drawing of a single-masted ship at anchor. The ship is on the right-hand side of the image. In the foreground, in the bottom right-hand corner, a figure is approaching, leading a horse, which is harnessed between the shafts of a cart or carriage which remains unseen outside the boundaries of the image. A group of three figures is nearby: two are standing and talking to each another, a third is kneeling down, by a large round basket. Another figure is on board the ship. In the left-hand area of the image, a second small ship is in the bay. A boat with a man rowing, and a woman and a child in the stern, is approaching the shore. There are cliffs in the background, and a ruined building, probably an abbey, is visible on the summit.
The view is reminiscent of George Morland's popular sea-coast scenes.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Wash drawings
Subject(s) Marines, Nature
Geographical Location
  • Pigeon House, Poolbeg - Named locality - Scene in the general vicinity of the Pidgeon House.
  • Dublin - Bay
  • Dublin - Town or city
  • Dublin - County
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Baskets, Bays (Bodies of water), Beaches, Boats, Buildings, Carriages & coaches, Carts, Children, Churches, Cliffs, Harbours, Harnesses, Hats, Horses, Men, Passengers, People, Seas, Ships, Towers, Trees, Women
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 16 cm x 20.4 cm
Published / created 1800

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Journal of a tour from London to Shrewsbury, North Wales, Dublin and Chester
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy opp. p. 140
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS Joly 34
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

Thursday Morning September 11: At half past 1, the boat was ready to convey the Passengers & their luggage down the Packet, which was lying at the Pidgeon House. About 2, we entered the Boat, bade adieu to dear Dublin, & were rowed down to the Besborough, Capt.n Norris Goddard. We reached her a little before 3, & as soon as the Passengers & Luggage were deposited in their proper places, the sails were hoisted, & we immediately got under weigh. Such a calm beautiful moonlight morning, surely, scarcely ever was seen, which afforded us an opportunity of seeing Dublin Bay by moonlight. It was truly the most sublime and beautiful scene we ever beheld. Nothing but the thoughts of home, & the pleasure of meeting one’s friends when we reached there, could have induced a wish to leave such an Elysium. Not the least breeze stirring, nor a wave murmuring. All a profound sleep! The amazing beauty of such a scene is indescribable, we shall therefore not attempt it. – But beautiful and highly gratifying as the scene was, our bosoms were discontented, & panted for one more interesting to us, vizt. the much wished for Harbour Holyhead. We well knew that such a Calm would never carry us there, & therefore with a heavy anxiety sighed for a Gale. [pp. 139-140]
Embarking, Dublin Bay