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The Scalp in the County of Wicklow

The Scalp in the County of Wicklow

Artist: LePorte

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1796

Shelfmark: Ktop LV

Item number: 52.b

Genre: Topographical Print

The Scalp is a spectacular rock formation 2 miles north of Enniskerry and 8 miles from Dublin in Ireland. Mrs and Mrs Hall, travelling around Ireland in 1840 made the following comments about the area,
“… the county is entered at the Scalp, a chasm in the mountain which separates it from Dublin. The mountain appears to have been divided by some sudden shock of nature. The sides are not precipitous although the ascent is difficult in consequence of the huge masses of granite that prevent the semblance of a path, and not infrequently jut out so as to suggest the idea of exceeding danger. The road runs through these overhanging cliffs; enormous granite blocks of many tons in weight having been rolled back out of the path of the traveller. The sides are perfectly naked, and so similar are both in nature and appearance as to lead the spectator to imagine the disruption has but recently occurred and that another earthquake might reuite them without leaving a fissure between.”

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