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Howth Abbey

Howth Abbey

Artist: Laporte

Medium: Aquatint with etching, coloured

Date: 1796

Shelfmark: Ktop LIII

Item number: 27.b

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Howth Abbey, Dublin. The Abbey is located in the centre of Howth village and is near to Howth Castle. When Mr and Mrs Samuel Hall toured Ireland in 1840 they visited the abbey, recording their thoughts in a journal;
‘The abbey… is dedicated to the Virgin, and is said to have been erected by the St Lawrences early in the thirteenth century. Here, from time to time, the mortal remains of the bold barons have been laid and the aisles are crowded with relics that bear records of their prowess… The church, like many of the sacred edifices erected in troublous times was constructed for defence as well as for the purpose of religion. It is defended by a battlemented rampart which on one side impends over the sea, and on the other over a deep fosse.”

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