Clonbrock Photographic Collection


Photographs include the daily life of the family of Dillon, Barons of Clonbrock, on their estate in Ahascragh, Co. Galway including of family members, staff, neighbours and friends. There are also views of other estates and locals and various family-related images.

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Main Creator: Dillon family
Contributors: Welch, Robert John, 1859-1936
Format: Photo
Notes:Some images have been catalogued and digitised under call number CLON, title and subject.

Glass plates are numbered 1-2165 with some unnumbered or broken so numbers cannot be discerned.

Includes one album of photographs of the baby son of Sir George and Evelyn Mahon (1940-1941).

Related Materials: National Library of Ireland, Department of Manuscripts : See also Clonbrock Papers (vtls no 154791).

Related Materials: National Photographic Archive : See also Clonbrock Prints (vtls no 724720).

Related Materials: National Photographic Archive : See also Possibly Clonbrock (vtls no 516364).

Related Materials: National Photographic Archive : See also Robert Welch Photographic Collection (vtls no 315731).

Photographs were taken by members of the Dillon family, Barons Clonbrock, of Ahascragh, Co. Galway, especially Luke Gerald Dillon, Fouth Lord Clonbrock, and his wife Augusta Crofton Dillon (of Moate Park, Co. Roscommon). The couple had a studio and darkroom on the grounds and was referred to as the 'photo house'. Clonbrock House was destroyed by fire in the early 1990s but the photo house survived.

Exhibited: "Heirs and Graces", National Photographic Archive, 27 June 2002-30 September 2002.

Physical description: 115 boxes ; mounted, in preservation envelopes, in mylar, in phase boxes.

Physical description: glass negatives 2151 ; 18 cm x 23 cm.

Physical description: plastic negatives 202 : b&w.

Physical description: prints 170.

Physical description: postcards 2.

Physical description: cabinet cards 6.

Physical description: carte de visite 1.

Physical description: album 1.

Citations/References: "Into the Light: an Illustrated Guide to the Photographic Collections in the National Library of Ireland" by Sarah Rouse, p.15.

Finding Aids: Card index of 350 glass negatives is available in the NPA reading room, as is a catalogue 'Heirs and Graces' which was an exhibition of some of these Clonbrock images from the 1860s.

Published / Created: [ca. 1860-1930].
Contained in: Clonbrock Photographic Collection
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