25 x 36 ½ inches, Steel engraving. Mounted on heavy paper, several inconspicuous splits, some into the engraved area, good condition overall but a bright, crisp image.
A scarce, elegantly engraved plan of Dublin, clearly produced for artistic display rather than the tourist trade. Thirty-two well-detailed images of the city’s most notable structures surround the plan, and within the plan itself, similarly detailed, oblique aerial renderings of scores of buildings are provided. The larger oval vignettes in the corners of the plan show the city from various vantage points: from the bay, Killakee, the Royal Hospital, and Phoenix Park. With the plan’s emphasis on the city’s stout, monumental architecture, it conveys the image of a city of stolid dignity. This would be in keeping with the city’s role at the time as an administrative and municipal as opposed to commercial center. The engraving is thus very effective in capturing the kind of city, both visually and atmospherically, Dublin was at the time.
Curiously, the plan bears two prices—on the left below the plan, five guineas, and on the right, two guineas. This could refer to different prices for colored or framed examples, but no such distinction is made. The work appears to be quite rare both on the market and in institutional collections with OCLC showing only the BL holding a copy.