View of the City of Dublin. The Bay, Mountains & The Royal Canal and Foster Aqueduct
Artist: Oben, J. G.
View of Dublin, Ireland in the early 19th Century. The Royal Canal and the Foster Aquaduct can be seen in this aquatint. The Royal Canal connects Dublin with the River Shannon and extends for almost 90 miles. The Aquaduct was constructed to allow for the transportation of goods and passengers to the Canal Harbour over the Phibsborough Road. The main arch measured 30ft in span and 15ft in height and there were two smaller arches on either side to allow pedestrians to pass through. The aquaduct was named after John Foster, Baron Oriel and last speaker in the Irish House of Commons, a staunch opponent of the relaxation of the repressive Penal Laws. The aqueduct was taken down in the 1951 to ease traffic congestion on the road below.