Blackrock Castle

Artist(s) : John Barrow (Draughtsman), James Lee (Engraver)

View of Blackrock Castle, Cork, seen from the road approaching its entrance. It is heavily crenellated and features several towers. The slender tower in front of the circular keep can be identified as the one which serves as a lighthouse. The River Lee is visible in the right-hand corner of the image.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – Lee
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Blackrock Castle.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Woodcuts
Subject(s) Architecture, Forts and fortifications
Geographical Location
  • Blackrock - Castle - Location of Blackrock as given in the text: 'on the right of the river below Cork', it 'may in fact be called a continuation of the city.'
  • Cork - Town or city
  • Cork - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Doors & Doorways, Gates, Lighthouses, Rivers, Towers, Trees, Windows
Colour Monochrome
Published / created 1836

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account A Tour round Ireland [Barrow]
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy p. 327
Source copy National Library of Ireland Ir 9141 b 3

Related text from travel account

On the right bank of the river below Cork is a little village called Blackrock, which may in fact be called a continuation of the city. As I happened to pass a Sunday at Cork, I walked to this place to attend divine service, wishing afterwards to see Crofton Croker's mother, who has long resided here, but she was unfortunately ill. The little church of Blackrock boasts of a very beautiful tapering spire, which forms a pleasing object from [p. 237] various points of view. Blackrock Castle is built on a projecting mass of rock, completely commanding this part of the river, as vessels are obliged to pass close under its walls, in order to keep within the channel. This was the ancient court in which the Admiralty exercised jurisdiction. The present building is of recent date, having been erected by Mr. Pain on the foundations of the old castle. It is a structure of imposing appearance, and, in my opinion, a clever piece of architecture. The tower of the castle is used as a lighthouse, and from the top of it is an excellent view, both up and down the river.
[image: Blackrock Castle] [pp. 236-237]
Blackrock Castle