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A West Prospect of Lymrick

A West Prospect of Lymrick

Artist: Unknown

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1685

Shelfmark: Ktop LIV

Item number: 22.a

Length: 40.4

Width: 100.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of Limerick from the banks of the Shannon River. Limerick was established as a city in 922AD, when the Vikings established a settlement here. It is strategically located between the Shannon and the Abbey River. During the 17th century, the period in which this painting was completed, Limerick was politically unstable and the city underwent four sieges; in 1641, 1462, 1649 and 1690. King John’s castle can be seen at the centre of the picture, it was built in the early 13th century along with Thomas Bridge, as a Royal Fortress and administrative centre. It had a high curtain wall to ensure that it could be defended against new siege tactics. In 1651 the castle was surrendered to Cromwell’s forces.

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