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This crisp and clear shot from the interior of the National Museum of Ireland from Lawrence for today. Four striking pieces of artillery tastefully arrayed among classical sculptures in a round room make for a beautiful display!

With thanks for everyone's inputs today, it is confirmed that French captured this image across the way at our neighbour's rotunda, in the National Museum of Ireland. Sharon.corbet advises that these cannon were captured at the Battles of Sobraon or Mahrajpore during the Anglo-Sikh Wars. While no longer displayed like this at the NMI Kildare St museum, Sharon tells us that one sits within the NMI Collins Barracks collection, and two others at McKee barracks near Phoenix Park....

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: c.1880-1900

NLI Ref: L_ROY_03004

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    • 01/Feb/2017 06:12:47


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    • 01/Feb/2017 06:48:32

    Based on the almost legible sign in this picture, the fancy one on the left was Indian, and I think presented either to or by Field Marshal Lord Gough. Also, I can only see 3 pieces of artillery...

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    • 01/Feb/2017 07:16:20

    Apparently, there were 4 guns presented to Lord Gough by the East Indian Company, and his son lent/gave 2 of them (howitzers) to the Museum. They're now at McKee Barracks, outside the officers' mess.

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    • 01/Feb/2017 07:55:02

    Leaving aside the cannons, his was taken in the Rotunda of what's now the NMI - Archaeology, on Kildare Stret. The zodiac mosaic is still there, even if the statues and artillery have been replaced by the Museum Shop. It's from after around 1890 or later as the museum opened it's doors on 29th August of that year.

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    O Mac

    • 01/Feb/2017 08:03:14

    Here's -- what looks like-- the one on the right

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    • 01/Feb/2017 08:52:26

    Turns out one of the Sikh Cannons is/was at Collins Barracks: Complete with photo of it in its former spot in Kildare St.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 01/Feb/2017 09:23:33

    Great title for this photo! :)

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    • 01/Feb/2017 09:24:02

    What about the statues - are they still there?

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    • 01/Feb/2017 09:32:44

    [] Not in the rotunda - that's now the shop.

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    • 01/Feb/2017 12:00:53

    The sign on the cannon apparently originally said: "Taken at the Battles of Mahrajpore and Sobraon during the Sikh Wars, and presented to Field Marshal, the late Lord Viscount Gough, K.P., G.C.B., G.C.I.J., by the honorable East India Company in 1846." ( At least according to the catalogue entry for a bit that got broken off in 1921.)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/Feb/2017 00:12:41

    Excellent - Thanks especially to for the great investigative work today. Have updated the map, description and tags accordingly!

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    O Mac

    • 02/Feb/2017 00:47:47

    Greek statues ---- left to right Hermes and the Infant Dionysus , Aphrodite of Knidos , Diadumenos and Sophocles Mosaic floor depicting the zodiac was designed and laid by Ludwig Oppenheimer Ltd of Manchester in 1890

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    • 02/Feb/2017 01:02:21

    fancy shmancy.

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    • 02/Feb/2017 02:24:27

    Agree with Carol, one of the best titles ever, well done Mary.

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    • 02/Feb/2017 05:04:14

    Excellent shot

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    • 02/Feb/2017 08:13:27

    Congrats !!

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    domenico milella

    • 02/Feb/2017 10:35:20

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album.

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    le cabri

    • 02/Feb/2017 13:04:21

    Interesting composition, nice shot

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    @PAkDocK /

    • 02/Feb/2017 14:41:48

    Very nice indeed. Keep up the good work

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    DonPepper Photography

    • 02/Feb/2017 14:43:34

    fantastic light! captured well! Congratulations on Explore! Congratulations on Explore! Congratulations on Explore!

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    Jabi Artaraz

    • 02/Feb/2017 19:47:44

    Excelente. Enhorabuena por el explore.

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    ℝakel_ℰlke ﴾͡๏̯͡๏﴿

    • 02/Feb/2017 22:21:02

    Wonderful image. Congratulations on the Explore! ❤ greetings from Spain!

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    • 15/Feb/2017 17:10:53

    That mosaic floor mentioned previously has as its outer edge a series of Swastikas. At that time representing peace and luck. Later representing something altogether different...

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    • 23/May/2017 16:56:49

    Agreed, great title.

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    glistening cat

    • 25/Nov/2017 21:51:06

    Great pic! Vintage