The Cascade and Salmon-Leap at Leixlip

View of waterfall at Leixlip. Three figures are fishing with rods in the foreground, on the left bank of the river. A stone wall extends to the left of the waterfall, and above it a ruined stone arch, remainder of a larger building or bridge, emerges from the trees. On the left, a small dome supported by columns is visible through the branches of the thick vegetation, which frames the image on either side.

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – The Cascade and Salmon-Leap at Leixlip. [Publisher’s details are embedded in binding, and are not legible]

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Aquatints
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Nature
Geographical Location
  • Leixlip - Town or city
  • Kildare - County
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Bridges, Buildings, Fishing, Hats, Men, People, Rivers, Ruins, Waterfalls
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 17.1 cm x 23.2 cm
Published / created 1817

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Narrative of a Residence in Ireland
Note From an original drawing by a Mr. C that travelled to Ireland with the author.
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy opp. p. 75
Alternative source

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Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

The village of Leixlip is prettily and picturesquely scattered about at the edge of the basin formed by the confluence of the two rivers. The Liffey about a quarter of a mile from hence enters a charming wild romantic dell, where high slopes covered with wood rise on each side directly above the water. In the midst of this dell the water falls over some rocks, forming a very beautiful though not very high cascade. The scene is altogether of a wild and romantic nature, unlike any thing one expects to see so near a large capital. Several paths are made through the wooded heights, by which the cascade is reached,—an access altogether suited to the wildness and solitude of the whole scene. The rush of water is abundant; though the fall is not high; and the effect is equally fine whether viewed from the edge of the water below or from a small temple above. A broken fragment of a bridge on one side of the fall adds much to the picturesque effect of the whole. This is called a Salmon-leap; but I rather think that those who would expect to see here that singular operation of nature would be entirely disappointed. About the rocks was a profusion of the large St. John's Wort (Hypericum calycinum) now in full flower; it was the first time I had ever seen that beautiful plant growing wild. We returned home by the high road, highly gratified with our excursion, the latter part of which was as new to Sir Charles and Lady Morgan as to myself;—so true is it that it is by means // of strangers the natives principally become acquainted with the beauties of their own country. [Footnote: "For the annexed view of the cascade at Leixlip I am indebted to my very good friend Mr.C..."] [pp. 75-76]
The Cascade and Salmon-Leap at Leixlip