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Maps, views and diagrams of military reviews and encampments

John Cleeve Pleydell (1736-1816)

Dublin, 1774

SKETCH / OF THE BANKS OF THE LIFFY / FROM DUBLIN TO LUCAN 1774

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour, drawn on four sheets of paper, joined; laid down on coarse linen; edged with cerise silk ribbon; one brass ring to top right corner, brass ring missing from top left corner; one pink linen tie to left edge [no ties missing] | Scale: 1:7,000 approx. | RCIN 734006

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A map of the banks of the River Liffey between Dublin and Lucan, 1774. Oriented with south-south-east to top (cardinal points). 

This larger-scale map of the banks of the River Liffy by John Cleeve Pleydell shows in detail the military exercises in the grounds of Phoenix Park. Pleydell was in Ireland during 1774 and other maps made by him during this period are in the British Library: Sketch map of part of the South of Ireland 1774 BL Maps K.Top.51.31.1.11 TAB END with Remarks upon the South of Ireland 1774.

The manuscript notes, perhaps in Pleydell's rough hand, which accompany this map, entitled ‘Movements / of the two Corps on / the Banks of the Liffy / July 16.th 1774’ which give an account of the exercises on that day, are at RCIN 1083492.

  • John Cleeve Pleydell (1736-1816) (draughtsman) [top left, below title:] Drawn by I.C. Pleydell Lieut: 12.th Reg:t Foot. July 1774.

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, the letters L V G below; countermark: [IV]

    Condition: two fold lines; surface dirt along right edge; tear to right edge repaired before being laid down on canvas. Verso: brown discolouration; induced discolouration; heavy surface dirt along right edge consistent with having been rolled

  • Scale: 1:7,000 approx. Scale bar: Scale of one Irish Mile [293 mm =].

    71.4 x 141.3 cm (image and neatline)

    72.6 x 142.6 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    SKETCH / OF THE BANKS OF THE LIFFY / FROM DUBLIN TO LUCAN. [top left]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: [black pencil:] Dublin 1774 Military.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom right, red felt tip pen on 1980s red-printed Royal Library label:] XIV 6 Dublin.

    K. Mil. dummy sheet:

    Title [ink:] A drawn sketch of the Banks of the Liffy from Dublin to Lucan by J.C. Pleydell 1774. 4 sheets / with an account of the movements of the two Corps on the Banks of the Liffy July 16.th 1774. 4.+ MS. / A Roll ... [black pencil:] 5 Table 2.d / [black pencil, in a modern hand:] Oversize / [George III heading, red ink:] Dublin July 1774. 
    Watermark: JWHATMAN 1811. 
    Size: 47.1 x 32.9 cm (sheet).

    George III catalogue entry:

    Dublin A drawn Plan of the Banks of the Liffy from Dublin to Lucan, with the movements of the two corps in July 1774: by Lieut. J.C. Pleydell, 1774. 4 sheets; with a M.S. Description. [description not found: 2014]

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Dublin, Leinster, Republic of Ireland (53°19'59"N 06°14'56"W)

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