A rare visit to the Clonbrock collection with a beautiful sylvan scene of a town or village and in the background a spire and a pointy (Technical term) mountain. The fencing along the paddock makes me wonder if this is in Ireland...
And (despite our thoughts on the somewhat "un-Irish" looking fencing), it was established fairly quickly by derangedlemur
that this Ireland. And the hills of County Wicklow specifically. The clock tower
in the square of Enniskerry village
has been highlighted by Dún Laoghaire Micheál
, and the church spire of St Patrick's church
also stands out. As the village has not changed much, and largely owes it's layout to developments in the first-half of the 19th century, we haven't been able to refine the date range significantly. (At least, not yet......)
Photographers: Dillon Family
Contributors: Luke Gerald Dillon, Augusta Caroline Dillon
Collection: Clonbrock photographic Collection
NLI Ref: CLON1886
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
And pointy hill...Looks like somewhere in Wicklow.
I'd also guess somewhere around Kilmacanogue-ish area.
Though there's also pointy mountains in Mayo, of course.
This looks like the clock tower: www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?type=record&... (Streetview)
I'm thinking Enniskerry too.
The view of the Sugarloaf is similar here: www.oldukphotos.com/graphics/Ireland%20Photos/Co%20Wicklo...
It must be looking south from somewhere round monastery road to get St Patricks in the background.
The bridge matches up, anyway: email@example.com,-6.1700638,3a,75y,244.54h,...
Must be taken from somewhere round here, I guess: maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,722143,717661,11,9
Similar photos in enniskerryhistory.org/home/index.php/archives/2001
Similar angle from Mr French/Lawrence (see steeple and hills) - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000326064 ... and again (best) - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000326086 ... and Mr O'Dea (1963) - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000306488 ... and Mr Mason (oops!) - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000539693
St. Patricks is no help - dated 1859ish.
Whole village annoyingly old and quaint - everything in shot is older than 1860.
Certainly earlier than the Lawrence best linked above. Fascinating to compare them at full megazoom.
From [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]]'s link above this "August '13" shot provides a firm date - enniskerryhistory.org/home/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/582... Comparing the line of trees to the right of the bridge with the Lawrence 'best' photo - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000326086 - I would say the Lawrence photo is c. 1910, and this photo is about c. 1900 due to the thicker younger sapling trees. Or not ?
CHG PRO PHOTOGRAPHY incorporating the APL archives
National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Excellent - Thanks all. Enniskerry, Co Wicklow seems pretty much concrete, so have updated the title to match (and added the "location identified" tag). As [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] points out, even today the village hasn't changed that much, so refining the (very broad) data range might be difficult. But stranger things have happened in this stream :)
It may well have been taken at the same time as this 1903 series of Clonbrook photographs taken at Powerscourt...... This one also of the Sugar Loaf, has those same blemishes in the sky..... It is interesting that these marks are mostly in the sky portion in both photographs. Was this an attempt to scratch in stars or are they actual stars enhanced with a scratch?
Now there's something I didn't know - why mountains and hills are named 'Sugar Loaf' ... ... "A sugarloaf was the usual form in which refined sugar was produced and sold until the late 19th century, when granulated and cube sugars were introduced. A tall cone with a rounded top was the end-product of a process that saw the dark molasses-rich raw sugar, which was imported from sugar cane growing regions such as the Caribbean and Brazil, refined into white sugar." From en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugarloaf