School drives all joy away....

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Where: N Ireland, Derry City and Strabane, UK

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When: 01 January 1902

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It is some time since we visited the Clonbrock Collection, and the Dillons have sent us on some interesting goose chases. Will today's image be one of those? A gaggle of schoolboys with white collars on a wet street overlooked by a tall column topped with a statue? Where is this? Is it still standing? And what school was it?

Lest you think that we are gone cynical, the title of the image above is a paraphrasing of a poem “The Schoolboy” by William Blake...!
But to go to school in a summer morn, –
O it drives all joy away!

Photographers: Dillon Family

Contributors: Luke Gerald Dillon, Augusta Caroline Dillon

Collection: Clonbrock Photographic Collection

Date: 1860-1930 Around 1902

NLI Ref: CLON2082

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 08/Apr/2021 08:16:58

    Previously ... The electric lamp and telegraph poles might help with dating.

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    • 08/Apr/2021 08:18:36

    yes it's Derry and it's the monument to George Walker

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Apr/2021 09:15:45

    We have seen a Clonbrock photo from Derry before. In the comments on the below, I noted that CLON2084 nearby in the catalogue is in Derry, between 1902-1919. The sequence 2080 to 2085 are all around Derry. Two sets of railings!  To be sure, to be sure?

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    O Mac

    • 08/Apr/2021 10:19:54

    Dark clouds over Derry

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Apr/2021 11:09:53[email protected] It's strange after looking at so many Lawrence images where they carefully photoshop the sky out of the image to see clouds in this one. I remember Hinde postcards from when I was a kid, and the sky would be a ridiculous primary blue with fake white clouds...

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    • 08/Apr/2021 12:01:22 Yes very vivid colours or should we spell it colors. The one I remember is the boy and girl loading turf into creels on a donkey. Their clothes had primary colours as well.

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    O Mac

    • 08/Apr/2021 12:31:48[email protected]/ True.... and nice to also see chimney pots... French, when erasing clouds, also wiped out a lot of chimney pots.

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    • 08/Apr/2021 19:45:33

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

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    • 08/Apr/2021 20:48:01

    Is that lad nearest to us in the group making a break for freedom?😛

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    • 09/Apr/2021 22:02:35

    A wonderful image.

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 20/Apr/2021 08:00:06

    Preciosa Skyline