Barrack or Bloody-Bridge, Dublin

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

View of Barrack Bridge, or Bloody Bridge, spanning the River Liffey in Dublin. This four-arched stone bridge, built in 1704, was later replaced by today's single-span Rory O'More Bridge. The bridge occupies the centre of the image, with a small boat travelling along the river. Immediately on the right stands the Richmond Tower, the former gothic gateway to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. In the foreground, there is a man leading a laden donkey or horse. There are several other figures along the road or leaning on the parapet above the left bank of the river. Houses and buildings extend along this side and into the background. The bell-tower of Saint Paul’s Church and the dome of the Four Courts emerge above the rooftops beyond the bridge.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Wood engravings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture, Cities and towns, Forts and fortifications
Geographical Location
  • Rory O'More Bridge - Named locality
  • Dublin - Town or city
  • Dublin - County
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Baskets, Boats, Bridges, Buildings, Churches, Donkeys, Gates, Government facilities, Hats, Houses, Men, Passengers, People, Rivers, Steeples, Towers, Women
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 7 cm x 5.4 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. 210
Source copy National Library of Ireland J 9141
Alternative source

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Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

We could not loiter so long as we desired "under the greenwood tree," as a journey into County Monaghan was to be performed before sundown; and the Drogheda train started at half past two; therefore we reluctantly quitted the field of battle and turned our horse's head towards Dublin. In returning I contrived to make a hurried sketch of Barrack, or as it is familiarly called, Bloody Bridge, so denominated from a bloody battle fought there once upon a time. It is one of the most picturesque spots to my seeming in Dublin. A gothic entrance to Kil- // mainham Hospital very much enhances its effect. The gateway is handsome with a portcullis, erected on the right bank of the river, and enshadowed by large trees. It blew such a hurricane, the horse could scarcely stand up under it, and my eyes were blinded by dust, — which is a source of great annoyance in this city, — so fine and penetrating is it. Decidedly I longed for the water carts to recommence operations. [pp. 209.210]
Barrack or Bloody-Bridge, Dublin