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A Prospect of Gallway 40.a

A Prospect of Gallway 40.a

Artist: Unknown

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1690

Shelfmark: Ktop LIII

Item number: 40.a

Length: 36.6

Width: 93.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Galway in Connacht, western Ireland. The city was originally a small fishing village but grew in importance in the 13th century and by this time had reached approximately 35 acres in size. Thick, strong walls were built around the town for protection. Ann Fanshawe, the wife of Sir Richard Fanshawe the Secretary of War to the Prince of Wales, visited Ireland in the mid 17th century, she wrote the following words about Galway in her Memoirs,
“…once the finest little city in the world; and indeed it was easy to think so, the buildings were uniformly built and a very fine market place, and walks arched and paved by the sea-side for their merchants to walk on, and a most noble harbour.”

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