Map of the Lakes of Killarney


This map of the lakes of Killarney, by the artist Jonathan Fisher, is the first plate in Picturesque Tour of Killarney, a volume of twenty aquatint views first published by Fisher in 1789. 

Picturesque Tour of Killarney not only provides a selection of picturesque topographical views, but it also outlines different routes through the terrain, and recommends key vantage points from which tourists could best enjoy the scenery in a short but detailed narrative. As the introduction states:

The Lake of Killarney has been for many years most deservedly the resort of every traveller in Ireland, to whom the beauties of nature had any attraction […] To facilitate the curiosity of those who may undertake this Tour, the Author [Fisher] has taken drawings from several of the most interesting points of view, which here he presents to the Public, together with such a description of them and the general beauties of the Lake, as may tend to illustrate the subject.
He does not however propose to launch into description further than is necessary to explain the Plates, but merely to lead the curious (who visit the Lake) to points of view, where the sublime and beautiful are most picturesquely combined

This map, therefore, serves to orientate the individual views within the greater context of the landscape of Killarney.

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A Picturesque Tour of Killarney
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