Kilkenny Castle

Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

View of Kilkenny Castle from a wide terrace overlooking the building. Only the upper part of the castle is shown. On the raised area several civilian figures are sketched, while nearby troops of soldiers and a horseman are represented on fragments of printed plate pasted upon the drawing. The terrace wall and tree-lined walk extend out beyond the oval frame which partially surrounds the image. Below the frame is a view of Kilkenny rooftops. Touches of red have been added to the houses, soldiers and onlookers.

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption within boundaries of image – Kilkenny Castle / Kilkenny

Image Details

Genre Townscape
Technique Collages, Engravings, Wash drawings
Subject(s) Architecture, Cities and towns, Forts and fortifications
Geographical Location
  • Kilkenny Castle - Castle
  • Kilkenny - Town or city
  • Kilkenny - County
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Birds, Buildings, Castles, Crowds, Flags, Hats, Horses, Houses, Mansions, Men, People, Soldiers, Trees, Windows
Colour Handcoloured
Dimensions 13 cm x 8 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. 203
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

Is the most pleasant and delightfull Town of the Kingdom of Ireland belonging to the noble prince James Duke Marquis and Earle of Ormond Earle of Ossory & Brecknock &c. Chancellor of the Universities of Oxford & Dublin, Lord Lieutt Generall and Generall Governor under his most sacred Matie of the Kingdom of IRELAND whose other titles see pag.
The Device of his family is COMME IE TROUVE.
His Paternall chiefe seat is ye Castle of Kilkenny which I have design’d on the other side, Famous for spacious Roomes, Galleries Halls, adorn’d with paintings of great Masters
Bowling green, Gardens Walks Orchards & a delightfull Waterhouse adjoining to the B Green, which with an Engine of curious artifice by the help of one horse furnisheth all the Offices of the Castle with that necessary Element. This Waterhouse hath a pleasant summer banquetting room, floor’d and lin’d with white & black marble which abounds here, with a painted skye roof wth Angells, in this is seen a fountaine of black marble in the shape of a large cup, with a ject d’eau or throw of water in the middle ariseing, mounts into the hollow of a Ducall Crown, which but hangs over it, and descends again at severall droping places round this I have touch’d off on the other side the following leaf. [p. 202]
Kilkenny Castle