Cataract of a river near Bantry

Artist(s) : Luttrell Wynne (Draughtsman)

Sketch of a broad waterfall, with mill, mill-race, footbridge, and other structures.
The location is Dunnamark or Donemark, near where the Mealagh River enters Bantry Bay, 2km north of Bantry.

Archaeological Survey of Ireland, at, record no. CO118-006002-. Accessed 7.6.2018.
Gábor Gelléri, ‘An unknown “creator” of picturesque Ireland – the Irish sketches and notes of Luttrell Wynne, the “Gentleman of Oxford”’, Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies, XVIII (2016), 44-65.
Paul Sandby, The Virtuosi's Museum; containing select views, in England, Scotland, and Ireland (London: G. Kearsly, 1778 [-81]).

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Wash drawings
Subject(s) Nature
Geographical Location
  • Dunnamark Mill lot - Named locality
  • Bantry - Town or city
  • Cork - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Bridges, Buildings, Industrial buildings, Mills, Rivers, Waterfalls
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 31.5 cm x 21.5 cm
Published / created 1774

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Journal and sketchbook, Ireland (1774)
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy PD/435 [image 19]
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

On leaving Killarney our intention was to have gone by the way of Inchigeela to Cork in order to see a curious lake call’d Gugan Barra [Gougane Barra] surrounded by very high mountains with a Hermitage &c. but the badness of the weather and ye fear of wanting all accommodation upon ye road made us prefer the route through Bantry where we were in hopes of being better off in the last respect whatever we had to apprehend with respect to road. – The first part of our way through Glen-rock was the most romantic imaginable, winding through the most beautiful glens finely wooded & abounding with falls of water. The finest spot of all is for 2 miles after leaving Killarney 6 miles behind you. Killarney with all its beauties has nothing beyond it.
We stopd at Neddeen [Kenmare] a small village chiefly the property of Ld Shelburn from whence we had a view of the Kenmare river – here we could get no accommodation for ourselves or horses – which obliged us to go on to Bantry notwithstanding ye badness of the weather which is calld only 24 miles let very well be reckond 50 miles. from Killarney – The road over the Priests leap is on of the worst perhaps that was ever deemed passable by man or beast in any country. The prospect does not compensate for this inconvenience; for excepting just from the brow of this mountain, which commands Bantry bay there is nothing to gratify the eye.
A mile before we came to Bantry the Bay made a beautiful appearance, & a fine Cataract of a river falling into the Bay presented itself to our view. On the opposite side of the Bay we were told there was a Cataract far beyond this, which is sometimes discernible from Bantry but the weather was too hazy to suffer us to see it. The height of this fall is prodigious – it is perpendicular & bounds with such violence from the rocks that it is said after great rains to form an arch under which a regiment of soldiers might pass without being wet. [PD/472, unpaginated]
Cataract of a river near Bantry