The Remains of an Old Tomb in the Abbey of Great Connel, Co.y Kildare. Supposed to be that of Bishop Wellesley

A.C. delint.
Main Creator: Cooper, Austin, 1759-1830, artist
Summary:Drawing, in a roundel, of the head of Archbishop Wellesley (died 1539), formerly at the Abbey of Great Connell, and removed in 1971 to the Protestant Cathedral of St. Brigid in Kildare, Ireland. The drawing shows the mitred head under a pointed canopy
Published / Created: 21st September, 1785 after Cooper's own original drawn on 14th May, 1781
Notes:From: Antiquities of Abbeys, Castles & c. & c. in Ireland, Vol. I

Inscription in ink beneath the title: See Harris's Bps. p:389

2122 TX (1) 4(B) to right of 2122 TX (1) 4(A) on same sheet

Watermark, u.l. on sheet, is part of a shield

Drawn by Austin Cooper perhaps when he was touring the country gathering money from area tax collectors, or a Paymaster to the Civil and Military Establishments

In his diary for May 14th, 1781, preserved in NLI Ms. Acc. 4841, page 1 and published in Liam Price's book about Austin Cooper, page 11, Cooper remarked that, buried among the ruins of the abbey 'is the Tomb of a Bp. (I suppose Wellesley) in relievo, in his Robes, with a Canopy over his head. It is broke across at the Neck & the lower part is scarcely to be seen'

Physical description: 1 drawing (left-hand side of sheet) diam. image 6.6 cm., on sheet 18.2 x 26.5 cm.

Citations/References: An eighteenth century antiquary : the sketches, notes and diaries of Austin Cooper (1759-1830) / Liam Price (ed.). - Dublin, 1942 page 11

Citations/References: Irish Medieval Figure Sculpture, 1200-1600 / John Hunt - London/Dublin, 1974 page 161-163 with plate 186

Credits:Attributed to Austin Cooper
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