Abbey near Limerick Ireland 22.c
Artist: Walmsley, Thomas
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
View of an unnamed Abbey near Limerick in Ireland. After c.1400 Franciscan and Dominican Friars started to establish small communities in Ireland. As they attracted the patronage of wealthy and powerful Lords they were able to built substantial monasteries. These buildings followed the layout of earlier churches with an attached cloister and ranges of domestic buildings but they placed the churches to the south of their aixs and their cloisters and claustral ranges to the north. They were built near to a water supply, in areas suitable for agricultural work and within walking distance of settlements. An important structure of the churches that was often added at a later stage was a belfry tower. This is usually found rising between the nave and the choir and are very distinctive. The outside walls of these buildings were richly decorated with statues, doorways and niches.