Bay of Dublin

Artist(s) : John Carr (Draughtsman), Thomas Medland (Engraver)

View of Dublin Bay, from near Dalkey, looking north towards Howth Head. In the foreground, a sidecar, or jaunting car, with a driver and two male passengers, is approaching along a road from the coast. Further off, a few figures on foot are seen near a village with a ruined castle. Larger houses occupy part of the middle ground, with another tower house, a castle and a church. Cows graze in the fields by the road. Close to the sea stand two Martello towers and a castle, while numerous sailing boats and ships dot the bay.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – Drawn by J Carr / Engraved by T. Medland
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Bay of Dublin/ June 4 1806 by R. Phillips. No. 6, New Bridge Street, Black fryars

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Aquatints
Subject(s) Cities and towns, Forts and fortifications, Marines, Nature
Geographical Location
  • Dublin - Bay
  • Dublin - Town or city
  • Dublin - County
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Bays (Bodies of water), Boats, Buildings, Carriages & coaches, Coach drivers, Hats, Horses, Houses, Lands, Livestock, Men, Mountains, Passengers, People, Ruins, Seas, Ships, Towers, Trees
Colour Coloured
Dimensions 41 cm x 20.9 cm
Published / created 1806

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account The stranger in Ireland
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy opp. p. 113
Source copy National Library of Ireland LO 2699 Dir. Off.
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

Before I approached the Black-rock, which lies to the south of the city, the bay of Dublin superbly opened to the view: it was a vast expanse of water, blue and placid as a mirror, rippling only as its flow increased upon shores; and, at a distance, melting into the cloudless sky which it reflected. The sails of vessels, faintly discernible, alone directed the eye to the tender line of its horizon. In front, the hill of Howth reappeared in all its majesty, the craggy sides of which the softening hand of distance seemed to have covered, as it were, with a russet robe; whilst, at the end of a long white line, projecting far into the sea, the Light-house rose, and resembled a figure of white marble rising out of the ocean: a more beautiful scene the eye never reposed upon. At low water, the sands along the Black-rock, which are very compact, afford a sea-side ride for several miles. Upon the sides of this coast is a long chain of equidistant martello towers, which, if they have been constructed to embellish the exquisite scenery by which they are surrounded, the object of building them has been successful; and the liberality of the late administration cannot be too much commended for having raised so many decorations of picturesque beauty at the // cost of several thousands of pounds, to gratify the eyes of the passengers of every packet sailing in and out of the bay, at a period when the prosperity of the country is so forcibly illustrated by the trifling amount of its debt. I believe it would require the inflamed imagination of the hero of Cervantes, to discover one possible military advantage which they possess, placed as they are at such a distance, on account of the shallowness of the bay, from the possibility of annoying a hostile vessel. [pp. 112-113]
Bay of Dublin