Ormond Castle

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

View of Kilkenny Castle from the River Nore. In the centre foreground there is a boat with an oarsman and passenger. There are trees on the left bank, and in the castle grounds. A path, flanked by a high stone wall, runs along the right bank. A small red-roofed gazebo or viewing shelter, reflected in the smoothly flowing river, backs onto the wall. There are three figures on the path. Beyond the wall lie the castle grounds and castle.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – Drawn by J. Carr Esqr. / Engraved by T. Medland
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Ormond Castle. / Published June 4, 1806 by R. Phillips. No. 6, New Bridge Street, Blackfryars

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Aquatints
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture, Forts and fortifications
Geographical Location
  • Kilkenny Castle - Castle
  • Kilkenny - Town or city
  • Kilkenny - County
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Boats, Buildings, Castles, Estates, Gardens & parks, Hats, Lands, Mansions, People, Rivers, Trees
Colour Coloured
Dimensions 13.2 cm x 20.6 cm
Published / created 1806

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account The stranger in Ireland
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy opp. p. 429
Source copy National Library of Ireland LO 2699 Dir. Off.
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

Ormond Castle, formerly the principal seat of the Dukes, now of the Earl of Ormond, is a noble ancient mansion. I was principally struck with the two vast unequal round towers which flank the entrance: the stables, which are on the opposite side of the road, are very, fine. In the great gallery of the Castle, which is nearly as long as the whole length of the building, I saw some good paintings: those which struck me most were, Charles I. and the Earl of Strafford, by Vandyke, and a head of // Lady Amelia Nassau, Countess of Ossory, who, if the portrait was a faithful one, must have been a most beautiful woman. I made a sketch of the back part of this Castle from the bridge over the river Nore. The cathedral, a fine old Gothic structure, and its round tower, are well worthy of notice as are the ancient ruins of three old monasteries called St. John, St. Francis, and the Black Abbey. The windows of the Black Abbey are very curious. [pp. 428-429]
Ormond Castle