Leabui Yearmuid or Dermots Bed near Ballinchalla, Co.y Mayo Said to communicate with Cong
View of a cave at Ballinchalla, County Mayo, Ireland, with two figures on the left of centre admiring the natural phenomenon.
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Handwriting on drawing is similar to that of Austin Cooper. Th way the word "Co.y" is written, and fashion of writing the placename in bold is certainly very like other works by Austin Cooper in this collection.
Title inscribed in ink l.c.
Inscribed in ink on left of drawing: It contains a subterraneous river 40 fathoms deep with now apparent current, notwithstanding any board or timber put in there has come out at the subterraneous river near Cong as Sir John Browne of the Neal said.
Lord Carlow (also known as John Dawson, Earl of Portarlington, 1744-1798) himself is unlikely to have written the words on the picture itself. It seems more likely that someone else other than the artist documented it as a work by Lord Carlow in 1780.
It is uncertian if Austin Cooper had ever visited the cave at Ballinchalla, County Mayo, Ireland. But it was visited on July 26th, 1779 by the artists Angelo Maria Bigari (floruit later eighteenth century) and Gabriel Beranger (ca. 1730-1817). It is possible that this drawing is a copy by Austin Cooper of an earlier drawing, perhaps by Bigari.
Physical description: 1 drawing : wash ; 27.6 x 20 cm.
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