|Print or Manuscript||Manuscript|
|Description of Travel Account||
Three notebooks recording observations in Ireland in 1790-1791.
The first two notebooks are catalogued in reverse chronological order. The first part of the second notebook (NAF 20099) contains the narrative of the author's tour of Wicklow and onward journey to Cork in August and September 1790, and then his return to Dublin via Limerick in December 1790 and January 1791. The latter part of this second notebook and the whole of the first one (NAF 20098) relate the author's journey to the west and north of the country, in May and June of 1791. The third notebook contains miscellaneous notes relating to Ireland.
Each of the carnets contains images. The ones selected for this database, although quite simple, are among the more developed ones, Others are very small sketches, consisting of a few lines, intended as an aide-mémoire or, conceivably, as the basis for a later engraving which was never made. The subjects vary widely: outlines of seaweeds or flowers, the way thatch is pinned into a roof, the design of a twisting mill, a mine-cart or a hay-stack, the shape of a fish, a quaker head-dress etc. Further observations by Coquebert de Montbret on his time in Ireland are found in other papers in the BNF (Département des Manuscrits, Richelieu), in the Bibliothèque municipal de Rouen, and the Archives des Affaires étrangères.
The originals are in the Bibliothèque nationale de France (see Master Copy details). The source for the selection of images and text in this database is a microfilm copy in the James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway.
|Location of Master Copy and Shelfmark||Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Manuscrits : NAF 20098-20100|