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The abbey of Athenry, Co. of Gallway [sic]

National Library of Ireland

Ref: Coo 2122 TX (3) 22

Type: Document

Date: 1799, 29th July

Bigari, Angelo Maria - artist.
View of the Dominican priory in the town of Athenry, County Galway, Ireland, seen from the north-east, showing the two fine fiftheenth century reticulated windows and the tall tower. Two figures stand in the foreground.
From: Antiquities of Abbeys, Castles, & Towers in Ireland / assembled by Austin Cooper in 1875 (page 22).

Engraving based on this drawing found in Vol. I of Francis Grose's Antiquities of Ireland (London, 1791) as Pl. 27. The original sketch would have been done on July 29th, 1779, when Bigari was on a tour of Connacht with his artist friend, Gabriel Beranger (ca. 1730-1817), who made a note of this visit in his catalogue notes (see NLI Ms 4162, page 24).

Inscribed in ink u.r. is the number 44 which correspond to the number given in the catalogue notes of the trip to Connacht by Gabriel Beranger.

Inscribed in ink u.c. on sheet: Founded aD 1241 by Dr. Bir[s?]mingham.

Title inscribed in ink l.c.

Drawing within ink frame 15.9 x 24.3 cm.

Image pasted onto sheet.

Physical description: 1 drawing : image 15.7 x 24 cm., on paper 18.7 x 26 cm., mounted on sheet 23.2 x 29.1 cm.

Citations/References: "The Dominican Church at Athenry" (Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquarians Ireland 43) / R.A.S. Macalister. - 1913 pages 196-222
Attributed to Angelo Maria Bigari (fl. 1772-1779).

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