19th century depictions of Ireland by William H. Bartlett


This blog post contains a selection of excellent 19th century illustrations of historic Irish sites. They were produced by William Henry Bartlett, a noted British artist, who was born in London in 1809. He  specialised in landscape drawings and had a particular fondness for ancient monuments, which he often incorporated into his images. Bartlett visited Ireland during the 1830s and while here produced a fine collection of engravings that were subsequently published in ‘The Scenery and Antiquities of Ireland‘. A number of these images are shown below.

The Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel, Co. Tipperary

Rock of cashel 19th century

The Rock of Cashel, Co. Tipperary

Clonmacnoise 19th century

Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly


Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly

the custom house dublin

The Custom House, Dublin

lighthouse, south bull wall dublin

Lighthouse on the South Bull Wall, Dublin Port

Claregalway castle

Claregalway castle and abbey, Co. Galway

Johns Castle Limerick

King John’s Castle, Limerick city

Limerick 19th century

A view of Limerick city

19th century image of Galway

Galway city viewed from the Claddagh

Glendalough 19th century

Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

19th century Waterford city

A view of Waterford city

Reginalds tower waterford

Reginald’s Tower, Waterford city

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4 Responses to 19th century depictions of Ireland by William H. Bartlett

  1. PMS May 12, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    Small typo!..its king John’s Castle, not St. John’s

    • Colm May 12, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

      Thanks! corrected now 🙂

  2. Des Kilbane February 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

    Hi. I am working on a documentary which involves Limerick and Galway in 1700/1800s.
    Are the images of old Limerick and Galway belonging to you? I would be very interested in using them for my film.
    Des Kilbane

  3. Joanne September 13, 2017 at 11:58 pm #

    Bartlett also did lots of scenes in Ontario and Quebec.

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