Singular Slip

View of oblique cliffs plunging into the sea near Benwee Head, Co. Mayo.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Wood engravings
Subject(s) Marines, Nature
Geographical Location
  • Benwee Head - Named locality
  • Mayo - County
  • Connaught - Province
Keywords(s) Cliffs, Rock formations, Seas
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 7.3 cm x 5.2 cm
Published / created 1841

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Sketches in Erris and Tyrawly
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy p. 306
Source copy National Library of Ireland Ir 914123 o 2
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Related text from travel account

I had thought, when rowing along this sublime coast, that nothing could exceed the view upwards from the sea level; and now I considered again, when on the top of the cliff, and just at the place where we had reached the high land, that the sight was finer; for here, in the centre of a crescent, of which Doonminalla formed the right horn and Benwee Head the left — was the whole semicircle between the two headlands composed of the most shattered, broken-down, ruined cliffs that can possibly be imagined; just as if the mountain had been blown up with gunpowder, and masses of huge ruins of rock lay tumbling all around. Here crack behind crack, going back into the mountain, and presenting long parallel chasms, similar to what I had seen on Slieve Crohan, in Achill. Here a piece of the mountain had slipped down along the inclined plane of a smooth stratum, and what once formed an upper peak, was now some hundred feet half-way down, presenting most picturesquely its broken continuity. It is, indeed, a // slip of singular interest and grandeur. I despair of giving an idea of its appearance even with a drawing, which was hastily sketched on the moment. Below, the green, pellucid, beryl sea, with its everlasting sigh, which comes up here in solemn cadence, a sea which is never seen to such advantage as from a great height, and especially as when here, many fathoms deep, its varied bottom can be observed, covered with its luxuriant vegetations. [pp. 305-306]
Singular Slip