Francis Place in Ireland

Helen Pierce* (Corresponding Author)

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Francis Place was an early ‘tourist’, coming to Ireland from his home in York for reasons of personal interest and curiosity rather than purposes connected to trade, religion or military surveying. Contemporary English visitors included Thomas Denton and James Verdon, who kept written records of their journeys in 1687–8 and 1699 respectively, but Place was one of the very first travellers to record his experiences primarily through images rather than words, and his drawings provide an important record of Irish urban and rural environments which went on to change significantly, sometimes entirely, over the next 300 year
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6
Number of pages7
JournalHistory Ireland
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022

Bibliographical note

Each January, the National Gallery of Ireland (NGI) curates a month-long, free-of-charge exhibition based around items from the Vaughan bequest of watercolours by J.M.W. Turner. Drawings by the English artist Francis Place (1647–1728) were included in this year’s display, entitled ‘Turner & Place: Landscapes in Light and Detail’. The NGI owns a series of topographical sketches by Place, which were made during his travels in Ireland between 1698 and 1699.


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