[Floor slab of Archbishop Richard Talbot]

Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

Sketch of bas relief and inscription on the floor slab dedicated to Archbishop Richard Talbot in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. The Archbishop stands within a gothic structure, with his robe, mitre and crozier. At his feet is a semi-crouching spaniel-like dog. Behind him, on each side, stands a group of people, with a blank scroll issuing from the group on the left. An inscription is placed below the dog.
By the 1820s the original brass of this tablet had been destroyed. Its matrix was recovered in the early twentieth century, its identification being partly based on Dineley’s sketch.
Hugh Jackson Lawlor, ‘The monuments of the pre-Reformation Archbishops of Dublin’, The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, series 6, vol. VII, vol. XLVII, part 2 (31 Dec. 1917), pp. 109-138, here pp. 119-127.
R. Loeber, ‘Sculptured memorials to the dead in early seventeenth-century Ireland: A survey from “Monumenta Eblanae” and other sources’, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy. Section C: Archaeology, Celtic Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature, vol. 81C (1981), pp. 267-293, here p. 283.

Image Details

Genre Scientific or Technical illustration
Technique Pen and ink drawings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture
Geographical Location
  • St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin - Named locality
  • Dublin - Town or city
  • Dublin - County
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Antiquities, Archaeological sites, Brass, Crowds, Hats, Inscriptions, Men, People, Sculpture, Tombs & sepulchral monuments
Colour Handcoloured
Dimensions 7.5 cm x 15 cm
Published / created 1681

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Observations in a Voyage through the Kingdom of Ireland
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy p. 15
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

In the Body of the Quire even with the Pavement of St Patricks is seen the Monument or Tombstone inlayde with brass of the r 25 of H.6. He was afterwards slayn at Chastilion upon Dordon river near Bourdeaux July 20 sayth Vincent, The Monument sayth July .7. with a bullet from an Harquebush in his Thigh, after sundry and many Testimonys and Evidences of his Valour for 24 years. [p. 16] Some would have him to be buried at Rouen Citty the capitall of the Dukedome of NORMANDY. But most certeinly he was interr’d in WHITCHURCH Porch in Shropshire with this Inscripcon

Orate pro anima praenobilis Dni Dni
Iohis TALBOT quondam Comitis SA-
FRANCIAE, Qui Obijt in Bello apud
Burdews. July. VII. M. CCCC. LIII.

The Inscription upon the Archbipps Tombstone remaines at his Feet thus upon a square brass plate in the same Character as on the other side

Archi fuit Praesul hujus Sedis Reverendae
Parvos Canonicos, qui fundavitque Choristas
Anno Milleno C quater, quater X quoque nono
Quindeno Augusti mensis mundo valedixit,
Omipotens Dominus cui propicietur in aevum.
He was founder of the Petty Cannons and Choristers of this Church. and died Aug: 15. 1449. [pp. 15-16]
Floor slab of Archbishop Richard Talbot