A Rings-End Coach

Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

Sepia and red ink wash drawing of a one-horse block-wheel cart, with a transverse bench. The driver, wearing a hat, is standing on the cart, holding the reins in his left hand and a whip in the right.
From the seventeenth to the nineteenth century Ringsend was a major embarkation and disembarkation point for Dublin. Some fifteen years before Dineley's visit the Ringsend coach, or car, was described in The English Rogue, a novel by Richard Head and Francis Kirkman: ‘As for his Ringsend-Coach, as he call’d it, it was Wheel-barrow fashion, only it had two Wheels not much bigger than a large Cheshire cheese: the Horse that drew this Princely-pygmy-Chariot, I at first mistook for an over-grown Masty [mastiff].’ (London: Henry Marsh, 1665, p. 213)

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption within boundaries of image – A Rings-End Coach

Image Details

Genre Genre painting
Technique Wash drawings
Subject(s) Manners and customs, Transportation
Geographical Location
  • Ringsend - Named locality
  • Dublin - Town or city
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Carriages & coaches, Carts, Coach drivers, Harnesses, Hats, Horses, Men, People
Colour Handcoloured
Dimensions 7.5 cm x 6.5 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. 2
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland
A Rings-End Coach