Malton’s A Picturesque and Descriptive View of the City of Dublin (1794)

If you have ever wondered how Dublin looked in the late 18th century, then Malton’s prints are for you.

The engraver and watercolourist James Malton (1761–1803) was employed as a draughtsman in the office of the famous architect James Gandon, known for building the Four Courts (1786-95), the Custom House (1781-91) and King’s Inns (1795-1815).

Malton’s prints are, arguably, the most important series of engravings of Dublin.




A Picturesque and Descriptive View contains 25 large prints of well-known buildings in Dublin, many of which were newly built at the time. Each is accompanied by an invaluable written description.

Shown here are Stephen’s Green, Gratton’s Parliament, the library at Trinity College and the Four Courts.

If you’re interested, you can follow the ‘Malton Trail’ via Googlemaps. You should probably allow 90 minutes for this walk through old Dublin.

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