Howth Castle, Library, Howth, Co. Dublin

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Where: Howth Castle, Howth Demesne, Dublin, Ireland

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It is a bit late for National Book Day which fell in the past week, but for those who love books every day is National Book Day! This castle is a source of great fascination and a fine attraction in a beautiful location! I could imagine many happy days spent reading through the collection on display....

...And indeed today's eagle-eyes were trained on the bookshelves, spotting 19th century books on farming and animal husbandry. However, it is the shelves and the walls themselves that help us date this photograph. As it seems that this part of Howth Castle was built to designs of architect Edwin Lutyens in 1910/1911. And so this image dates to no earlier than 1911 - and possibly a few years after it. We also learned from today's contributors (and indeed saw for ourselves) that the room is largely as was 100 years hence, and that the St Lawrence/Gaisford family (whose ancestor's trunk is visible here) still call the castle their home....


Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1900-1939. Likely c.1910s (certainly >1911)

NLI Ref: EAS_1808

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 06/Mar/2017 08:42:04

    T. GAISFORD Esq. Offington & Broadwater on chest (see note). Who was he ... ?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 06/Mar/2017 08:48:23

    Thomas Gaisford died in 1898 - www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/sussex/vol6/pt1/pp66-81 "In the 1850s, Thomas Gaisford extended the [Offington Manor] house further, including a new library and a chapel. ..." from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offington

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    MukeshPhoto

    • 06/Mar/2017 09:01:56

    Beautiful composition

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    John Spooner

    • 06/Mar/2017 09:08:11

    With a bit of megazoom and manipulation, one of the big volumes under the rolls on the table appears to have "ORDNANCE SURVEY OF IRELAND" on the spine, and further down "DUBLIN". Actually I'm guessing, all I can make out is "???????? ???VEY OF ????AND" and "??BLIN"

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Mar/2017 09:25:50

    On the small bookcase by the chair at centre, I see: Plant Life by maxwell T Masters, MD FRS THE CROPS by Several Writers ANIMAL LIFE by Professor x The Soil by John Scott and JC Morton LABOUR by JC Morton Livestock by Several Writers Chemistry on the Farm by T. Worthington? FRS SPEECHES FOR ALL OCCASIONS

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Mar/2017 09:27:09

    Max Masters, despite his cool name, is no help - writing in the 1860s onwards.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Mar/2017 09:31:29

    JC Morton died in 1888, no help with dates.

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    Rory_Sherlock

    • 06/Mar/2017 09:34:23

    Thomas Gaisford was married to Lady Emily St Lawrence, daughter of Sir Thomas St Lawrence, 3rd Earl of Howth and Lady Emily de Burgh en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Mary_of_the_Angels,_Worthing

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    Carol Maddock

    • 06/Mar/2017 09:35:11

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Snap, sort of, though I think I have a couple more. Middle shelf... [2/6 for all of the agricultural titles] Plant Life by Maxwell T. Masters, M.D., F.R.S. The Crops by Several Writers Pigs Animal Life by Professor Brown ? The Soil by John Scott and J.C. Morton Labour by J.C. Morton Workman's Technical Instructor by W. J? ???? Live Stock by Several Writers Chemistry of the Farm by S? Warington, F.R.S. ? ? ? Speeches for all Occasions ? ? ? ? Bottom shelf = books on horses and cattle breeding.

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    John Spooner

    • 06/Mar/2017 09:35:36

    The Soil of the Farm John Scott and J C Morton still available on abebooks for £3.25 www.abebooks.co.uk/Soil-Farm-John-Scott-Morton-Bradbury/6... published 1882 so not much use for establishing date.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 06/Mar/2017 09:36:44

    According to Archiseek, Sir Edwin Lutyens rebuilt the place. "...During 1910-11 he added or renovated the tower, loggia, corridors, library, and a chapel. He added a three-bay two-storey library block, built 1910 in tower house form, with basement and dormer attic. ..." From archiseek.com/2010/howth-castle-co-dublin/ So guessing photo is after 1911 ? See also exterior view catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000557619 Ed. The exterior view shows the Lutyens' Loggia steps, described fully here - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/14783844883/]

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Mar/2017 09:37:46

    Animal Life by Professor Brown is from 1885.

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    John Spooner

    • 06/Mar/2017 09:43:47

    Workman's Technical Instructor by Malden Walter James published 1896 www.abebooks.co.uk

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    guliolopez

    • 06/Mar/2017 09:48:43

    More modern (stock photography) image from a similar spot. Hasn't changed that much. Here's also this working architectural/elevation drawing as published in the Irish Builder in 1917. Presumably covering the works undertaken ~1911. Drawing seemingly from designs by architect Edwin Landseer Lutyens ARA. As Lutyens' "three-bay two-storey library block" was built in 1910, and as others have pointed-out, I'd say we're at or after 1911 (perhaps a few years after...)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Mar/2017 10:16:40

    This exterior matches beachcomber's description, and has a couple of year's growth of creeper on it. I'd say we are around 1915?

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    guliolopez

    • 06/Mar/2017 10:18:11

    Found this video from a TG4 show where we get a bit of a tour of the castle. And this library. Library (and the host of the show's reaction to it) is at about 3m 30s into the video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYpctWCqL9A&t=3m33s

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 06/Mar/2017 11:10:14

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] The plot thickeneth with Thomas Gaisford. The Peerage has three entries for him, some listed as Gainsford - Marrying Horatia Fielding in 1850 (she died the following year) - www.thepeerage.com/p24520.htm#i245200 Then marrying Lady Emily St Lawrence in 1859 (she died in 1868) - www.thepeerage.com/p23510.htm#i235092 And marrying Lady Alice Mary Kerr in 1870 - www.thepeerage.com/p1504.htm#i15040

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 06/Mar/2017 13:44:01

    The analog internet as my kids call it.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 06/Mar/2017 19:51:24

    I wonder if The Ring on the table behind the sofa (see note) has something/anything to do with this wonderful story about an unexpected visitor via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie/] - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie/23467994730/]

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Mar/2017 23:57:05

    Brilliant - Thanks all - Map/description/etc all updated!