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View of the Salmon Leap at Leixlip, near Dublin

View of the Salmon Leap at Leixlip, near Dublin

Artist: Walmsley, Thomas

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: Ktop LIV

Item number: 3.d

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Leixlip in County Kildare, Ireland. Leixlip was an important Viking settlement from the eigth century and was the western boundary of the Scandinavian kingdom of Dublin. The name derives from the Dutch word ‘Lax- hlaup’, meaning salmon leap. Mr and Mrs Samual Hall travellers in Ireland in 1840, visited Leixlip and wrote the following lines about the Salmon Leap,
“…one of the most beautiful bits of scenery in the kingdom … the roar of the waterfall greets the ear, and through some skilfully formed breaks among the foliage that skirts the river occasional glimpses of it are caught . The cataract is of great width and very picturesque in character. The waters glide onwards in a smooth but rapid current and dash down the rocky steep.”

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