Downpatrick Head and Dunbrista

Artist(s) : Lieutenant Henri (Draughtsman), Edmund Evans (Engraver)

View of Downpatrick Head and the sea stack of DĂșn Briste, or Doonbristy, in Co. Mayo, on a calm day. There is a ruined church and graveyard close to the coast in the foreground, on the left, with a tall standing stone nearby. Further off, near the shore, are two animals, probably cows.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – E. EVANS. Sc
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Downpatrick Head and Dunbrista.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Wood engravings
Subject(s) Marines, Nature
Geographical Location
  • Downpatrick Head - Named locality
  • Mayo - County
  • Connaught - Province
Keywords(s) Birds, Buildings, Churches, Islands, Lands, Livestock, Rock formations, Ruins, Seas, Stelae
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 7.2 cm x 12.7 cm
Published / created 1841

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Sketches in Erris and Tyrawly
Note The church seen here is St Patrick's, in the townland of Doonfeeny Upper, north-west of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo.
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy p. 277
Source copy National Library of Ireland Ir 914123 o 2
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Related text from travel account

We walked down to Dunfeeny, but what we saw did not over well repay our hot walk. The pillar-stone, though curious for its great slenderness in comparison of its height, which was about twenty-five [p. 276] feet over the level of the grave-yard in which it stood, bore now no inscription; for being of that flaggy limestone which is liable to exfoliate, even suppose it originally was sculptured, the weather must in the course of a short time have obliterated all traces: the only thing remarkable in this old place of worship and interment was, that the unpolished sandstone flags that covered the mouldering remains of the rude forefathers of the adjoining hamlet, bore on their unchiselled surfaces the marks of the wave ripple, such as you see marked off on a sandy strand. One headstone consisted of a broken quern, a handmill for grinding corn, of the most ancient and simplest construction. One good result, however, attended our visit to the ruined church of Dunfeeny. For while some of us were engaged in examining the pillar-stone, Mr. Henri occupied himself in taking a sketch of the line of coast, and of Downpatrick Head, and Dunbrista Isle. The short time allowed him to take this bird's-eye view may be urged in extenuation of any demerits he is guilty of as a draughtsman. [pp. 275-276]
Downpatrick Head and Dunbrista