The cataloguer may not have had the benefit of super zoomability as we do, and so perhaps did not highlight the castle nestling among the trees. At first viewing I thought that this might confound us, but that huge keep may make this easier than expected. Where is it and is it still standing?
was quick to confirm the location of this shot. It was undoubtedly taken from the garden of Rockmount House looking eastwards towards Castle Howard
in County Wicklow. Both residences are located in the Vale of Avoca
, close to the "meeting of the waters" on the Avonbeg river. It seems that both are, indeed, still standing. If the lawn or Rockmount House is still set up for tennis, one imagines it didn't get much use during the unprecendented March snow this week.....
Photographer: Fergus O’Connor
Collection: Fergus O’Connor Collection
Date: No date for image. O'Connor images sometimes c.1890-1915
NLI Ref: OCO 45
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
I think that might be Castle Howard, Co Wicklow, in the distance which may indicate that the photograph was taken from the front garden of Rockmount House: maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,719234,683246,11,9 Streetview: firstname.lastname@example.org,-6.2327818,3a,75y,105.16h,...
Flickr is sometimes amazing ! In 1841 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/11464736066/And in 2006 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/svadee/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/svadee/10983754564/
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] There is a similarish view here in the Valentine Collection.
Just for interest, here's an advertising poster featuring Castle Howard from Shell in 1932.
And a postcard with the same view called "Castle Howard - overlooking the Meeting of the Waters, Vale of Avoca".
Archiseek has this information on the castle: "Built 1811 around the fabric of an earlier house. The house is designed part in Romantic Castle style and part in Abbey style. Described by Mark Bench-Jones as “a romantic early 19th century castle rising from a wooded hilltop above the Meeting of the Waters”. The castle section is articulated with three-stage towers and battlemented parapets while the abbey section is two storey with gothic tracery windows and a battlemented parapet."
The Independent had this today??? Given the numbers of people involved, it is not surprisingly to learn that close to a million pheasants are released by both gun clubs and private estates ahead of the opening day each year. While hens are released for breeding, in the case of rough shooting only cocks are permitted to be shot and ate during the season which runs until January 31st. Some 30,000 to 40,000 birds alone are released annually by some of Ireland's best known driven shoots at Coolattin and Castle Howard, both in Co Wicklow, and Ballynatray in Co Cork.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet I am puzzled why that 'same view' (well found btw) has an extra ridge of hills at top left? It seems to be a landscape crop of this portrait image. Love how that driveway feature planting is shown as an O on the 25" map; it must have been very annoying for maneuvering sidecars.
National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] for the confirmation of location, and https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia, https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet and https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie for the additional information. I added associated tags and map location the other day - but have since added some notes to the description. Hope everyone has remained warm and safe over the last few days. (One imagines that this view in particular was more than a little "whiter" in recent days....)