Round Tower at Kilkenny

Artist(s) : Theresa Cornwallis Whitby West (Draughtsman)

View of the round tower in Kilkenny. The structure stands in the centre of the image, surrounded by gravestones. Part of the transept of St Canice's Cathedral is visible on the left hand side of the image. Trees are behind the buildings, and beyond them a dome is visible in the distance.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – G. MEAS{...}

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Wood engravings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture
Geographical Location
  • St Canice's Cathedral and Round Tower - Named locality
  • Kilkenny - Town or city
  • Kilkenny - County
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Cemeteries, Churches, Round towers, Tombs & sepulchral monuments, Towers, Trees
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 8.3 cm x 6.2 cm
Published / created 1847

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account A summer visit to Ireland in 1846
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy p. 56
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

July 18. — Alas ! it rains ! a regular downpour ! but never mind, there is a covered car to be hired, and into it we step, bound for the Castle. It was originally built by Strongbow, became the stronghold of the Ormonds, its actual possessors, is re-modernised, and done -well. The great gallery is very handsome, 140 feet long, and hung with fine family portraits, and other pictures. From the drawing-room window you look out on the Nore, the fine bridge, Cathedral of St. Canice, and the old Round Tower beside it. To this we next bent our steps. The church is full of the tombs of the ancient Ormondes; there they lie in their chain armour, proud knightly personages even in death, and amongst them the modern monument of Sir Denys Packe, with // the colours of his regiment suspended overhead. Those who now bear the name, appear to live in the hearts of the townspeople, who spoke well of their good deeds, and hoped for their prompt return. My chief attention was directed to the Round Tower, said to be 108 feet high, and 48 feet in circumference at the base. I sketched it rapidly while the rain fell around me, which prevented my comparing as I wished to have done minutely, the shape of the small entrances with those of Glendalough. The circle round the // summit is a variation from that one, and the masonry of this seemed to my eyes most even and finished. [pp. 55-57]
Round Tower at Kilkenny