Pen and wash drawing of an Irish cabin


This pen and wash drawing by Arthur Young (1741–1820) depicts a traditional Irish cabin, and its inhabitants. 

The view is part of an extra-illustrated copy of Young’s widely read and well received A Tour in Ireland 1776-1779 (1780), held at the National Library of Ireland. It was used as the basis for ‘An Irish Cabbin’, one of only three plates included in Young’s text. However, there are striking differences between the drawing and its printed counterpart: namely, the family and their livestock are missing. The stripped back image emphasises the bleakness of the landscape and the deprivation of the cabin.

Full title:
Extra-illustrated copy of Arthur Young, A Tour in Ireland; with general observations on the present state of that kingdom: made in the years 1776, 1777, and 1778. and brought down to the end of 1779
Manuscript / Pen and wash over pencil
Arthur Young
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