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Dunluce Castle, in Bushmills, County Antrim, Ireland more

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Dunluce Castle

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Drawn & Engd. by J Mc. Gahey.

The castle of Dunluce is one of the most extensive and beautiful remnants of feudal architecture at present remaining in Ireland. Though it has long ceased to be the residence of man, and its walls are crumbling to decay, the boldness of its situation, the extreme regularity of its structure, and the events connected with its history, render it an obejct of peculiar attraction, as well to the antiquary as the traveller. [...]

“Dunluce castle is situated about two miles from Bushmills, a neat little village in the county of Antrim, on the estate of Sir F. W. M‘Naghten, and about the same distance from the grand national curiosity, the Giants’ Causeway, many parts of which can be seen from its turrets.” (p. 181)

Dunluce Castle is also called Dunlace Castle, and has its own official Dunluce Castle Website.

The text in the 1830 magazine with the illustration ends:

“Dunlace was soon afterwards deserted, and fell to desolation; but it is impossible, even at this advanced period, to visit this beautiful ruin without melancholy feelings. Those walls, that formerly resounded with the noise of revelry, and the clang of warfare, now echo with the cries of the raven and the sea-gull; and the place where the martial banner floated in victory and defiance is now overgrown with moss and ivy; all furnishing a melancholy memento of that rapidly approaching period, when

“The cloudcapt towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all that it inherit, shall dissolve;
And, like the basless fabric of a vision,
Leave not a wreck behind.
James F. Lanktree.” (p. 183)

PS: this engraving is actually very small, and the page is buckled; even with a heavy weight on the paper it did not lie entirely flat on the scanner, and for that I apologise.



122 x 78mm (4.8 x 3.1 inches)

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1200 dots per inch



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