Crawford Art Gallerypermanent collection

Patrick's Bridge, Cork
Patrick's Bridge, Cork
1770
Irish School
Print, hand coloured with watercolour
44 x 60cm

1502-PR

Purchased from G. Stacpoole Auctioneer, 1993
Designed by Michael Shanahan in 1710, the old St. Patrick’s Bridge, the principal bridge of Cork city, was depicted by Grogan in this aquatint etching around 1790. The bridge had three arches and was faced with cut stone. It was swept away in a storm in 1861, and replaced by the wide and more gently arched bridge. Grogan’s view details features such as the metal lamp standards on the balustrade, and the wooden drawbridge to the right of the stone structure, with its lifting counterbalance in the vertical position. In the background is the North Gate jail building. This aquatint is from a portfolio of twelve views along the River Lee, done by Grogan and advertised in the Cork Evening Post in 1796. The colouring has been added later.
























Nathaniel Grogan
1740–1807

Irish School