Re: Re: ‘Dutch Billys’

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Does anyone know the origins of this painting?


I found this washed out copy printed on the back of a Dublin Port brochure of 20 years ago and it gave no info on the authorship.

It looks like a particularly accurate depiction of the late 18th century port of Dublin looking towards Essex Bridge with the old Custom House on the left and the corner of Capel Street on the right, with the fifth house from the corner being a particularly nice, three storey ‘Billy’. The painting seems to confirm that the roof of the old Custom House was indeed a Mansard, as depicted by Brocas, but not by Brooking.


a slightly clearer detail of the Ormond Quay frontage.

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