[Sepulchral Monument of Arthur Chichester]

Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

Sepia and red ink wash drawing of sepulchral monument erected for Arthur Chichester, infant son of Sir Arthur Chichester, in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. The monument bears a detailed inscription, and is surmounted by the figure of an infant, apparently in swaddling. At his head and feet are two putti holding up a red drape suspended from the centre.
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. 285.

Inscribed in Image

  • Text within boundaries of image –
    Here lyes the body of Arthur Chichester son & heire of Sir Arthur Chichester Knt Lord Chichester Baron of Bellfast Ld Deputy of the Kingdome of Ireland and of Lettis his wife daughter to Sr John Perrot Knt sometime Ld Deputy of the sayd Kingdome who departed this life on Novembr Annoq. 1606 having not lived full two monthes.

    Here lyes the fathers hopes and mothers joy.
    Though they seem Hopeles happy happy was the boy.
    For of his life the long and tedious race
    He hath it run in less than two monthes space
    A blessed soule to whom such grace was given.
    To make so short a voyage back to Heaven.
    And here a name and Christendom obtein’d
    And to his maker strait return’d again.

Image Details

Genre Scientific or Technical illustration
Technique Wash drawings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites
Geographical Location
  • Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin - Named locality
  • Dublin - Town or city
  • Dublin - County
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Children, Inscriptions, People, Putti, Sculpture, Tombs & sepulchral monuments
Colour Handcoloured
Dimensions 10.9 cm x 14.3 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. 32
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

In the Organ Gallery of the King’s Chappel or Christ Church Dublin, on the left hand of the organ is seen this monument. [p. 32]
Sepulchral Monument of Arthur Chichester