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Beranger Watercolours in University College Dublin Library

Abstract 18th century watercolours of Irish antiquities, done by or for Gabriel Beranger.

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Date
1700/1799
Extent
43 items
Location of original
Original items located in UCD Library Special Collections.
Repository
UCD Library Special Collections
Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive
Language
English
Custodial History
The watercolours were probably formerly owned by Huband Smith (19th century antiquarian), and were subsequently owned by Mrs. Elizabeth Mossop.
Acquisition Information
University College Dublin bought the watercolours during 1968-9, from Mrs. Elizabeth Mossop, through Pauline Mossop, with the help of Dr. (later Professor) Michael Herity, of the Department of Archaeology, University College Dublin. Financial assistance was provided by the Arts Council.
Scope and Content
University College Dublin owns a collection of 39 18th century watercolour drawings, done by or for Gabriel Beranger, and known as the ‘Beranger’ watercolours. The subjects of the drawings are antiquarian sites – general views and details of, principally, churches, abbeys and castles. There is a scattering of pre-historic subjects.
Arrangement
There are 8 rectangular watercolours, one to a sheet. There are 31 sheets on which 2 roundels to a sheet have been painted.
Each sheet is numbered consecutively, from Wat 1to Wat 39. Where there are two drawings to a sheet, they are identified as a and b. In two cases, the second roundel has not been used.
Processing Information
Listed by Norma Jessop.
Subjects
Watercolor painting--18th century
Beranger, Gabriel, ca. 1729-1817--Private collections
Historic sites
Historic buildings
Castles
Abbeys
Church buildings
Antiquities, prehistoric

Colour slides of every watercolour are held in the Library of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
Acknowledgement
My very sincere thanks to Peter Harbison for helping to identify many of the places included in the watercolours, and for suggesting their provenance before they came into the possession of Mrs Moss. (Norma Jessop, 2003).

Record source
Finding aid encoded in EAD by the Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA) - A.C. & J.G., April/May 2007.

Finding aid author
Norma Jessop
Wat 1 [Watercolour painting of "The South Isle of the Black Abbey" (Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny) / by an unidentified artist, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 2 [Watercolour painting of a "Plan of the Church of Tullagh" (Tallaght, Co.Dublin) / by an unidentified artist, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 3a, Wat 3b [Two watercolour paintings, one of "The Castle of Killineny" (Killinean, Co. Westmeath), and one of "The Castle of Ardnegragh [Ardnagrath]" (Co. Westmeath), both by an unidentified artist, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 4a, b [Two watercolour paintings of "Timoleague Abbey" (Co. Cork) / by William Ashford, 1776.]   [View...]
Wat 5a, Wat 5b [Two watercolour paintings, one of "The Church of Clonard" (Co. Meath) / by Thomas Ashworth, and one of a "Window & Baptismal Font", [also by Thomas Ashworth ?], 1776.]   [View...]
Wat 6, Wat 6b [Watercolour painting of "Rattan Castle" (Co. Westmeath) / by Thomas Ashworth, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 7a, Wat 7b [Two watercolour paintings, one of "Tycroughan Castle" (Co. Westmeath) / by Thomas Ashworth, and one of "Killegland" (Co. Meath) / by Bearcroft, 1776 & 1783.]   [View...]
Wat 8a, Wat 8b [Two watercolour paintings, one of the "N. W. View of Confee [Confoy] Castle and Church" (Co. Kildare) / by Thomas Ashworth, and one of the "Church & Tower of Taptoe [Taghadoe]" (Co. Kildare) / by Pope Stevens Reyly, 1776 & 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 9a, Wat 9b [Watercolour painting of the "Abbey of Holy Cross, 2nd view" (Co. Tipperary) / by Sir Nathaniel Barry, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 10a, Wat 10b [Two watercolour paintings, one of the exterior of "The Abbey of Bective" (Co. Meath) and one of the "Arches of y Cloisters" / by Gabriel Beranger, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 11a, Wat 11b [Two watercolour paintings of "Carrick Castle" (Co. Meath) / by Gabriel Beranger and Thomas Penrose, respectively, 18th century.]    [View...]
Wat 12a, b [Two watercolour paintings of "Three of Dalkey Castles" (Co. Dublin) / by Gabriel Beranger, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 13a, Wat 13b [Two watercolour paintings, one of the "Church & Tower at Donoghmore [Donaghmore]" (Co. Meath) / by Gabriel Beranger, and one of "The Door of the Tower" / by Charles Vallancey, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 14a, Wat 14b [Two watercolour paintings, one of "Athlumny [Athlumney] Castle" (Co. Meath) / by Gabriel Beranger, and one of "Ardmulkan Church & Tumulus" (Co. Meath) / by Charles Vallancey, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 15a, Wat 15b [Two watercolour paintings of "The Castle at Ballymore-eustace" (Co. Kildare) / by Gabriel Beranger and Henry Graham, respectively, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 16 [Watercolour painting of the "Druid's Chair & Cromlech at Hollypark" (Co. Dublin) / by Gabriel Beranger, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 17 [Watercolour painting of the "Archiepiscopal Palace" (Archbishop of Dublin's residence, Kevin Street, Dublin) / by Gabriel Beranger, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 18 [Watercolour painting of the "W. front of Christ Church Cathedral" (Dublin) / by Gabriel Beranger, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 19 [Watercolour painting of "Clegland [Killegland] Castle" (Co. Meath) / by William Burton, 1776.]   [View...]
Wat 20a, Wat 20b [Two watercolour paintings, one of "Dunbrody Abbey" (Co. Wexford) / by Jonathan Fisher and one of an "Ellevation of Tintern Abbey" (Co. Wexford) / by Sir Vesey Colclough, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 21a, Wat 21b [Watercolour painting of "Ballinsnave Castle" (Co. Galway) / by Foster, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 22a, Wat 22 [Two watercolour paintings, one of "O'Rourk's [O'Rourke's] Tower", and one of "McCarthy's Church" (both Clonmacnoise, Co.Offaly) / by Foster, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 23a, Wat 23b [Two watercolour paintings, one of "Temple McDermot" [McDermot's Church], and one of "Temple Doolin" [Doolin Church], (both Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly) / by Foster, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 24 [Watercolour painting of Roscommon Castle (Co. Roscommon) / by Thomas Hurst, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 25a, Wat 25b [Two watercolour paintings, one of "The Cathedral of Lismore" (Co. Waterford ) / by Thomas Ivory, and one of the "Tower & Church of St. Declan at Ardmore" (Co. Waterford) / by Charles Vallancey, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 26a, Wat 26b [Two watercolour paintings of "Castle Carbury" (Co. Kildare) / by Thomas Penrose, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 27a, Wat 27b [Two watercolour paintings of Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, one of [St. Mary's church ?], and one of the round tower / by Pope Stevens Reyly, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 28a, b [Two watercolour paintings of "St. Peter's Abbey [Newtown Abbey] at Newtown near Trim" (Co. Meath) / by Thomas Roberts, 18th century.]    [View...]
Wat 29a, Wat 29b [Two watercolour paintings of "Dunmow [Dunmoe] Castle" (Co. Meath) / by Thomas Roberts and Charles Vallancey, respectively, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 30a, Wat 30b [Two watercolour paintings, one of the "Remains of the Castle of Ballybrittis [Ballybrittas]" (Co. Laois) / by Rev. Seymour, and one of "Castle Lee" (Co. Laois) / by John Dawson, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 31a, b [Two watercolour paintings of "Tinnahinch Castle" (Co. Carlow) / by Rev. Seymour, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 32 [Watercolour painting of "The Abbey & Round Tower at Kildare" (Co. Kildare) / by Rev. Seymour, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 33a, b [Two watercolour paintings of "The Market Cross" [High Street, Dublin ?] / by James Simon, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 34a, Wat 34b [Two watercolour paintings, one of "King John's Castle" (Trim, Co. Meath), and one of "The Yellow Steeple" (Augustinian priory of St. Mary, Trim, Co. Meath) / by Charles Vallancey, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 35a, Wat 35b [Two watercolour paintings, one of the "Church of Kilmallock", and one of "Castle Troy" (both Co. Limerick) / by Charles Vallancey, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 36a, Wat 36b [Two watercolour paintings, one of "Leighlin-bridge Castle [Black Castle]", and one of the "Cromlech at Harold's-town" (both Co. Carlow) / by Charles Vallancey, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 37a, b [Two watercolour paintings of "Ballincolly [Ballincollig] Castle" (Co. Cork) / by Charles Vallancey, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 38a, Wat 38b [Two watercolour paintings, one of "The Castle of Athsigh [Assigh]" (Co. Meath) / by Charles Vallancey, and one of "Dunshaghlin [Dunshaughlin] Church" (Co. Meath) / by Gabriel Beranger, 18th century.]   [View...]
Wat 39a, Wat 39b [Two watercolour paintings of "The Druid's Rocking Stone at Bullock" (near Dalkey, Co. Dublin) / by Francis Xavier Vispre and Jonathan Fisher, respectively, 18th century.]   [View...]
Unnumbered [Four aquatints of various Irish scenes / by Jonathan Fisher, 1792-1795.]
  • [Aquatint of "Fenner Rock on the River Boyne" / by Jonathan Fisher, August 1792.]   [View...]
  • [Aquatint of the "Glen of the Downs, Co. Wicklow" / by Jonathan Fisher, 1794.]   [View...]
  • [Aquatint of "Desmond Castle &c. at Adair [Adare]" (Co. Limerick) / by Jonathan Fisher, April 1792.]   [View...]
  • [Aquatint of "The Waterfall in Powerscourt Park, Co. Wicklow" / by Jonathan Fisher, 1795.]   [View...]

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