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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Caption: Sackville Street, post office & Nelson's column

Caption:
Sackville Street, post office & Nelson's column
Artist:
Petrie, George
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Engraving
Engraver:
Barber, Thomas
Author:
Wright, George Newenham
Title of Publication:
An historical guide to ancient and modern Dublin
Publisher:
Baldwin, Cradock and Joy
Publication place:
London
Publication date:
1821
Curator Comment:
This volume consists of two works bound together, 'An historical guide to ancient and modern Dublin' (1821), and 'A guide to the Lakes of Killarney' (1822), by G.N Wright. Both were illustrated by George Petrie and published by Baldwin, Cradock and Joy of London.
Note on artwork:
This is a representation of Sackville Street (now O'Connell Street), Dublin with Nelson's Column (now removed) and Francis Johnston’s General Post Office also in view. The city is bustling, the street is filled with well-dressed citizens and a ship is harboured on right of the composition - alluding to Dublin's importance as a commercial centre. This fine metal engraving by Thomas Barber, after a drawing by George Petrie, reflects a common practice at this time - very few artists engraved their own designs.
References:
ONDB online, DIB online, Grove Art online, Strickland. Neither of the first two is accurate in all details. P. Murray, George Petrie (1790-1866): the rediscovery of Ireland's past, Kinsale, 2004.


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