Castle of Holdins-rath, Co.y Kilkenny
Brien delin ; AC. pinxt. 20 Oct. 1799.
|Main Creator:||Cooper, Austin, 1759-1830, artist.|
View of a two-storey tower-house known as Holdensrath Castle, County Kilkenny, Ireland. One-storey (probably thatched) farm buildings flank it on the left and right. The round-headed door of the tower is visible, as is a larger window-ope on the first floor on the same side. A smaller window can be seen on the first floor on the side at right-angles to it. There is a machicolation at roof level above the door, and remains of crenellations are visible at the same level. The castle still survives, one mile west of Kilkenny city.
|Format:||PRINTS & DRAWINGS|
|Published / Created:||
28th October, 1799.
According to Dr. Peter Harbison, this drawing may have formed part of an album.
Title inscribed l.c. on sheet under image.
Oben's drawings were in the collection of Col. William Conyngham (formerly Burton), of Slane Castle, and it is likely that the Holdins-rath Castle drawing was in the same collection - the contents of which were bought by Austin Cooper around 1810, eleven years after he did this drawing. By the time Cooper copied Brien's drawing in 1799, Burton Conyngham was dead already for 3 years, and it looks probable that Cooper got permission from the Burton Conyngham estate to do the copying.
Physical description: 1 drawing : sepia watercolour ; image 13.3 x 12.8 cm., on sheet 17.6 x 25.3 cm.
Citations/References: An Eighteenth Century Antiquary, The Sketches, Notes and Diaries of Austin Cooper / Liam Price. - 1942, P. 8.
Citations/References: Some unpublished Austin Cooper illustrations / Conleth Manning. - The Journal of Irish Archaeology IX, 1998, P. 131 and 132, Pl. 5.
Attributed to Austin Cooper, (1759-1830), after an original drawing by James George Oben, (fl. 1779-1819). Oben or Brien was probably a Kilkenny artist, as other drawings of his from the same county were engraved for Grose's "Antiquities of Ireland" in the 1790s.