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View of Augustinian Abbey of Athassel (Austin Cooper)

National Library of Ireland (Prints and Drawings)

Ref: Coo 2122 TX (1) 24

Type: Document

Date: 1781

Cooper, Austin, 1759-1830
View of the Augustinian Abbey of Athassel, County Tipperary, Ireland, founded aroudn 1200. The drawing shows the full extent of the church, dominated by the central tower, and with the domestic buildings extending away in the distance on the right. A single figure sits on the mound of earth in the foreground, looking towards a bridled horse in front of him.
From: Antiquities of Abbeys, Castles & c. & c. in Ireland, Vol. I

Title inscribed in ink l.c. on sheet under image

Image in ink frame 10.9 x 18.7 cm. Watermark u.l. on sheet may be part of a large shield, crowned

Drawn by Austin Cooper when he was touring the province of Munster in the summer of 1781 perhaps gathering money from area tax collectors, or working as a Paymaster to the Civil and Military Establishments. He may even have been showing himself from behind in the shape of the person sitting in the foreground with his back turned to the artist

Physical description: 1 drawing image 10.3 x 18.3 cm., on sheet 18.2 x 26.5 cm.

Citations/References: An eighteenth century antiquary : the sketches, notes and diaries of Austin Cooper (1759-1830) / Liam Price (ed.). - Dublin, 1942 pages 7 and 23 with plate 18

Citations/References: Ancient Ireland / Jacqueline O'Brien and Peter Harbison. - London, 1996 pages 173-174 with brief bibliography on page 249

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