Skip to main content

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Menu Search


Drawn to the Page

IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Caption: The church and castle of Baldongan. Co. of Dublin.

Caption:
The church and castle of Baldongan. Co. of Dublin.
Artist:
Petrie, George
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Engraving
Engraver:
Higham, Thomas
Author:
Cromwell, Thomas Kitson
Title of Publication:
Excursions through Ireland
Publisher:
Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown
Publication place:
London
Publication date:
1821
Note on artwork:
This illustration depicts the ruins of Baldongan Castle and church in Skerries, County Dublin. The castle was constructed in the 13th century and the church was later added in the 15th century. The church and castle were subjected to devastating attack in 1642. The subject is treated in a monumental and romanticised manner; the remaining structures tower over a lone figure and the representation of bright light breaking through the parting clouds creates a dramatic backdrop. The range of tone and texture reveals the mastery of the engraver, Thomas Higham.
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.


We welcome feedback. If you have any further information or notice a mistake on this site, contact us

.