Unusually for a Lawrence Royal plate this image is not quite tack sharp, but it does have a hazy beauty and suggestion "other times" to it! Edermine in County Wexford would appear to be a very big house with wonderful greenhouses for plant growth. I will be following the stream with interest to learn what I can about it!
And what we learned, thankfully, is that everything here is still standing - and occupied. Edermine House itself
was built c.1840 by John Benjamin Keane, the central chapel
built c.1860 to designs by Augustus Pugin, and the magnificent greenhouse
also c.1860 by James Pierce. It seems plausible that the Talbot Powers
were the resident family enjoying the gardens around the time of this photo. After hosting refugee monks 100 years ago
, it now remains in private hands...
Photographer: Robert French
Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection
Date: Catalogue range c.1880-1900
NLI Ref: L_ROY_00645
You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie
Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
Here it is on the 25" map: maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,698133,634442,11,9 Still extant and still occupied according to the NIAH: www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?type=record&...
The House, Chapel and Greenhouse are all in the NIAH.
Flickr is sometimes amazing ... The greenhouse is now a wonderful rusty skeleton - in 2013 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/bualadhbus/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/bualadhbus/9672630806/
Also of interest from [https://www.flickr.com/photos/bualadhbus/], a close-up of the greenhouse - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/bualadhbus/9672634130/] And the inside of the Pugin designed chapel with smashed rose window - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/bualadhbus/9672641740/] Ed. A visit to the chapel in 2011 by a Pugin lover before the window broke - www.patrickcomerford.com/2011/03/searching-for-pugin-on-b...
The Talbot Powers were living there in 1901, whereas in 1911 it was the residence of El-Lewa Edward Armstrong Johnson, Pasha, 2nd Class Medjidieh and his family.
And a Lawrence Photographic Project 1990/91 equivalent (not too successful imho!) - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000355429
It's in poor condition but the original was perfectly sharp.
I was trying to find out when Pampas grass (see note) first came to Ireland, but instead discovered that it is now a sign that 'swingers live here' !! www.news.com.au/lifestyle/home/outdoors/sales-of-pampas-g...
Edermine House hosted Dom Columba Marmion and sixteen Benedictine monks from Belgium during WW1 - www.wexfordpeople.ie/news/house-sheltered-dom-and-monks-f... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columba_Marmion "... However, the Irish house, established at Edermine, did not give him entire satisfaction; the attitude of the young novices grieved him: "I have tried to win them by constancy and prayer, but so far without success. They are good, but full of confidence in themselves... They oppose the letter of Canon Law to the spirit of the Holy Rule." The Edermine house was closed in 1920."
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Pampas grass was in the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin from 1840 apparently.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet Thanks - pampas grass doesn't help with the date! I am having no luck with finding any other old photos of Edermine to compare ivy or tree growth. I would say this one is unusual for Mr French / Lawrence; he has used a foreground tree to frame the buildings, but those two straggly branches are not helping visually. Everyone's a critic! It would be great if there is an 'unidentified' photo or two somewhere in the dungeons of Library Towers.
That's some greenhouse. Nice place!
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Excellent - Thanks all :) Map, description, and tags all duly updated :)
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Hello! This is a wonderful shot. I am glad that I can look at it in explore. Congratulations.