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A Prospect of Gallway 40.b

A Prospect of Gallway 40.b

Artist: Unknown

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1690

Shelfmark: Ktop LIII

Item number: 40.b

Length: 25.2

Width: 87.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Seventeenth century view of Galway, on the coast of Western Ireland. Galway was originally a small fishing village but it grew in importance and became a powerful city trading in wine, spices, salt and fish. The city was walled and fortified in the 13th century to protect the Norman invaders from the native irish population. Galway was ruled by fourteen powerful merchant families, later known as the "Tribes of Galway". In 1652 during the English civil war, the city surrendered to the English and Cromwell’s troops caused widespread destruction of the city, damaging monasteries and churches.

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