View of the waterfall at Powerscourt, among steep rock outcrops and trees. Two figures in lower left area: one, wearing a round hat, is seated, the other, wearing a tricorn and holding a staff or walking stick, is standing. In the centre foreground is a footbridge supported in the middle.
|Keywords(s)||Bridges, Headgear, Men, People, Rivers, Rock formations, Trees, Waterfalls|
|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 28]|
|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
|In our way to Powerscourt from hence [Bray] we passed Tinnyhinch bridge – one of the prettiest spots imaginable.
Powerscourt house is nobly situated upon a fine eminence commanding a charming prospect over grounds finely diversifyd and full of large thriving plantations it looks towards the Sea one way and has a vast range of mountains for its boundary on the other.
This place has by no means received all the improvements of which it is capable.
The fall of water in the Park is one of the greatest curiosities in the country. It is after rain a large sheet of water that falls visibly 350 ft. with high perpendicular rocks above it. A vast Amphitheatre of wood extends from it on either side quite round the Valley through which the water afterwards takes its course. The intermediate space is finely varied with several rising Knolls covered here & there with beautiful clumps of trees.
If more of this valley was laid under water, (which it easily might be) the effect would be much finer.
The house makes a grand appearance but upon a near inspection is full of faults – had it been only two stories high, the windows would have then been of a proper size & the rooms of a proper height. In the Egyptian hall above are large massy stone columns upon a wooden floor.
The Dargle is a deep glen of great beauty through which a little river rushes amidst chasms of rocks with thick woods reaching from the summits of the hills above, to the water edge. This fine spot also is the property of Ld Powerscourt. [Unpaginated]