Description

This aquatint and etching with hand-colouring depicts one of the natural harbours on Innisfallen, the largest island in Lough Leane in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland. Based on a drawing by Thomas Walmsley (1763–1805/6), this view was published by Francis Jukes (1745–1812) in the Twelve Views in the County of Kerry of the Lakes of Killarney series (1800–1802). It now forms part of the King’s Topographical Collection

The island is home to the ruins of Innisfallen Abbey, parts of which date from 10th century, though the island is thought to have been settled by early Irish Christians in the 6th century. Innisfallen is one of many scenic tourist attractions in Killarney, with international interest in the area emerging in the mid-1700s alongside the burgeoning trend in travel-guide writing. Prints and series such as this one – published in both London and Bath – fed demand and helped create the boom in British tourism to Killarney during the 19th century.

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