Back to the old reliable Lawrence Collection today and a visit to the beautiful town of Boyle in County Roscommon. Titled "Tennis Court, Boyle" this image appears to be more about the statue than the tennis court in the background but don't let the truth get in the way of a good story :-)
And indeed it was/is a good story. This statue, of King William III, had been moved to this location (from a nearby bridge) in the early 19th century. As with other memorials to King Billy, it suffered several defacements, before being entirely removed entirely before the 1930s. The general consensus is that this image dates to before 1905 - when the statue was seemingly beheaded. The pedestal remains, and is a landmark in the surrounding parkland and "Boyle pleasure grounds"....
Photographer: Robert French
Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection
Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914. Before 1905 (statue)
NLI Ref: L_ROY_07368
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
Streetview and GeoHive 25" map link
From Boyle Town & More page entry on boyle Bridge: A statue of William III on the bridge, erected originally in 1754 by Lord Kingston was removed to the Pleasure Grounds from where it disappeared in the 1930’s.
Oretani Wildlife (Mike Grimes)
King House and Boyle Pleasure Grounds. It would appear that the statue has been removed from the pedestal. goo.gl/images/j76ysF www.kinghouse.ie/home#intro
A similar shot in the archive titled King William's Statue, Boyle.
King House from 1720 in the background is no help for dating purposes.
Another ref: D’Alton Annals of Boyle refer to ‘a statue of King William representing his majesty with a crown of Laurel on his head and the Order of the Garter on his knee’. When the new bridge was built in 1834, Viscount Lorton had the monument moved to the Pleasure Grounds. Later ,during the ‘Troubles’ in the early 1920’s, the statue was beheaded. Subsequently the rest of the statue was removed and now only the pedestal remains.
Not a million miles away:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley I found a lot of images of the King William II statue with him on a horse, including one where he's been knocked over. Are you sure this is King William as well?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] This is King William III. He's marked on the 25" above, and named in the identical catalogue shot linked above.
King Billy's statue did not receive a great deal of lurve. This is from 1905, which might imply the photo is before 1905 ?From trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/100647679?searchTerm=b... And also this from 1929 - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/201245206?searchTerm=b...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley I see what's happened. A search for "Boyle King William Statue" returns the college green statue, what with Boyle being a person more than a place.
Ha! Streetview has this photo (or maybe the other Lawrence one) on the Park notice sign - excitement! - goo.gl/maps/jLLi9JU2wPH2 Ed. - Boo hoo! They used the other photo without the lady - see the March 2011 view ...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Well spotted!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia The second Trove article you link says: "Twenty years ago the head was cut off the statue, and It has remained headless slnce", so yes, that means these pics are before that 1905 attack.
It almost looks like there's a conversation going on between the woman and the statue. "How's it going down there?"
Mr French / Lawrence took a couple of photos of the "Military Barracks" from near the tennis club shed; the top right dormer window is in the same position as here, implying the same day... catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000332568 (clearer) catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000320122 He must have been experimenting with different cameras or glass plate sizes, as one is ROY and the other CAB, as with the two photos of this statue. I don't understand the technicalities, but I think it has been mentioned before somewhere?
Perhaps the fondly gazing lady was reminded of Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince (1888) ...ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/w/wilde/oscar/happy/chapter1.html
it is a big pedestal for a relatively small statue.