The Tolsel or New Exchange of Dublin.

Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

View of the façade of the old Tholsel or Exchange in Dublin, which stood at the junction of Nicholas Street and Skinners Row, now Christchurch Place. The two-storey building has a four-tiered ornamental tower, complete with clock face, cupola and finial. The image is architectural in style, including detailed measurements but no view of adjacent buildings. A group of people at the entrance is represented by a fragment of printed plate pasted upon the drawing.

The building seen here replaced an earlier Tholsel. It was constructed in 1676-1783, being substantially complete by 1681. Dineley’s sketch may be copied from an architect's plan rather than drawn from life. It differs from the structure depicted by Brooking (1728) and Harris (1766) in several respects, most notably the design of the tower. The railing of the first-floor balcony may have been a temporary solution before construction was complete; it is replaced by a pierced balustrade in later images. The building that Dineley depicts was demolished in 1809.
Robin Usher, Protestant Dublin, 1660-1760: Architecture and Iconography (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 40-45.
Archaeological Survey of Ireland, at, record no. DU018-020145. Accessed 11.11.2014.

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption within boundaries of image – The Tolsel or New Exchange of Dublin.
  • Text within boundaries of image –
    From the ground to the babe upon the Cupolo. 100 foot
    The whole wideness is sixty & four foot.
    [other measurements]

Image Details

Genre Scientific or Technical illustration
Technique Collages, Engravings, Pen and ink drawings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture
Geographical Location
  • Tholsel, Skinners Row - Named locality
  • Dublin - Town or city
  • Dublin - County
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Buildings, Crowds, Government facilities, People, Towers
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 12.5 cm x 19.5 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. 53
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland
The Tolsel or New Exchange of Dublin.