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City of Cork

City of Cork

Artist: Roberts, T. S.

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1799

Shelfmark: Ktop LII

Item number: 18.b

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the city of Cork on the south coast of Ireland, with Cork harbour visible in the background. The city is situated on the Lee River, nine miles from Cork Harbour. The name derives from ‘corcaigh’ which means marshy place which refers to the city’s origins; the oldest part of the city is positioned on an island between the north and south branches of the river. Séan O’ Faoláin wrote of the city that,
‘…you soon find the city is not merely built on marsh but on islands in the marsh, and that the streets are, often, covered canals or rivers. Patrick Street is winding merely because the river under it winds- one winter the river burst through the wood paving and we saw underneath it…’

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