James Gillray. "Posting in Ireland." London: Hannah Humphrey, [5 April 1805]-later strike, late nineteenth century. Etching. Ca. 12 x 15. Hand color. Trimmed to title and laid down on period paper. Otherwise, very good condition.
Showcasing Gillray's great humor and visual wit, this print plays off English stereotypes of Irish peasants. $650
"The Meeting of the Waters and Vale of Avoca." New York: P.D. Farrell, 1867. 18 x 25. Lithograph. Original hand color. Few repaired tears in margins, repaired top left corner. Otherwise, very good condition. Professional conserved.
A quaint and idyllic depiction of the area of Ireland known as the Meeting of the Waters. Still a popular attraction, it is where the Avonmore and Avonbeg rivers come together to form the river Avoca. Castle Howard looms over the view as people go about their daily business in the foreground. The beauty of the area has inspired poets, writers and songsters for centuries. Most famously, it became the subject of the Thomas Moore song, "The Meeting of the Waters to an old Irish air, The Old Head of Dennis." Excerpts of which are listed below the title: $525
Sweet vale of Avoca! how calm could I rest
in thy bosom of shade, with the friends I love best,
Where the storms that we feel in this cold world should cease,
And our hearts, like thy waters, be mingled in peace.
A slightly different depiction of the Meeting of the Waters, this time by Currier & Ives. An excerpt of the Thomas Moore ode is, again, included in the bottom margin. $250
"The Lakes of Killarney." New York: Mrs. R. Kelly, circa 1860s. 18 x 25. Lithograph. Original hand color. Minor chipping in outside margins. Otherwise, very good condition.
An idyllic view of Ireland, showing the Lakes of Killarney. Along with the influx of Irish immigrants to the United States in the mid Nineteenth Century, came an influx of sentimental depictions of the country targeted to the newly displaced, and homesick, Irish. This particular print was done by a lesser known publisher, Mrs. Kelly of New York City. Every building, island, even the racetracks, are all indicated and numbered. This is a loving reminder of a beautiful part of Ireland. $625
"Lismore Castle. County Waterford." New York: Currier & Ives, 1872-74. 8 1/2 x 12 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Some repairs in narrow margins. Otherwise, very good condition. C:3557.
Situated along the Blackwater River in the County of Waterford, is the picturesque Lismore Castle. Though the castle itself dates back to the Twelfth Century, the current fašade owes itself to architect Joseph Paxton who refurbished it under the Sixth Duke of Devonshire in the mid Nineteenth Century, a few years before this print was made. $250
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