View of the Castle of Arday on the River Kenmare, Ireland 41.a
Artist: Walmsley, Thomas
Medium: Aquatint with etching, coloured
The artist of this work, Thomas Walmsley, has entitled it ‘View of the Castle of Arday on the River Kenmare…’. It is probable that the castle depicted is Ardea Castle (pronounced Ardee). This castle is situated on a high cliff overlooking the Kenmare River. It was one of three castles owned by the Tainiste of the O‘Sullivan- Bere Clan and was destroyed in 1602 by Cromwell’s troops in the English civil war. The cliff has eroded in recent years and all that is left is are some of the external walls.