View of Belvidere House from Lough Ennell. Despite the small scale, its architectural features are accurately shown. Also distinguishable in the wooded landscape beyond the lake are the Gothic Arch, the Gothic Octagon and the Jealous Wall. The most prominent feature in the foreground is a schooner with flag and pennants.
National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, at http://www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/, reg. nos 15402612-15402615. Accessed 5.6.2018.
|Keywords(s)||Buildings, Lakes & ponds, Mansions, Ships, Trees|
|Dimensions||31.5 cm x 21.5 cm|
|Published / created||1774|
|Travel Account||Journal and sketchbook, Ireland (1774)|
|Print or manuscript||Manuscript|
|Location of image in copy||PD/435 [image 30]|
|Source copy||Formerly in Cornwall Record Office. PD/470-473, PD/435|
|Rights||Now in private collection. No reproduction authorized.|
Related text from travel account
|Kinnegad is a small village where there are pretty good accommodations. Mullingar is a little town with the same recommendation about 8 miles from hence in a lovely spot of ground belonging to Ld Belvidere situated upon Loch Ennel. It is laid out with taste & well planted, the trees being clump’d with judgement. The fine expanse of water to which these grounds slope gradually down is 7 miles in length and seems to be at least 2 in breadth. It has a variety of small pleasure boats upon it belonging to Ld B. & his Brother Mr Rocheford whose seat joins to his and some belonging to the gentleman whose seat is on the opposite bank. Ld B.’s principal seat is at Galls-town [Gaulstown] where he has above 1700 Irish acres enclosed within a wall. – His Lady lives here altogether in a sort of exile for having been discovered taking too great familiarities with one of his Brothers. He often visits the place but never sees her. It is now 20 years now since their separation. His brother is since dead who offerd him this injury.
For variety of ground and different ornaments of trees and buildings happily
intermixed and dispersed about the grounds few places are to be compared to these charming scenes. Many of the buildings in the form of Grecian temples &c. are made of the roots & trunks of trees, which have a very picturesque effect and take off from the formality and often unnatural appearance of this kind of ornament. From hence to Tullamore and indeed far beyond it the road is chiefly over a flat country with a bog on either side which is seen extending itself to a considerable distance.
A premium is offerd for every 2 acres of Bog reclaimd by Act of Parl[ia]m[en]t.