For many years we have been fascinated with the wonderful work on the pages of the Book of Kells but here we have the Cross of Kells with it's own wonderful work. We have been intrigued by the symbolism on paintings and sculptures in many countries and here is a fine stone Celtic cross with a great array of features. Those at the base would be a good place to start?
Morning Mary had a few minutes to spare in Dublin yesterday and called in to the NLI Photographic Archive in Temple Bar. There the exhibition "PEOPLE AND PLACES" is on display and well worth a visit!
Photographer: Robert French
Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection
Date: Circa 1865 - 1914
NLI Ref: L_IMP_0118
You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie
Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
Architecture of Dublin
We've been here before, 9 years ago and back on my first day commenting - 3 years ago! (a different high cross in kells?) https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/9682531809/in/photostream/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/garymcmurray/2302891740/
Mr French / Lawrence has been tweaking away a great deal of vegetation, still seen in L_ROY_05280 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000322253 A couple of centimetres higher in 2013 via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/eoinmcauley/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/eoinmcauley/10075603656/]
"This is the earliest of the high crosses in Kells, it was erected in the 9th century. An inscription in latin, at the top of the base, on the east face reads; PATRICII ET COLUMBAE CRUX -The Cross of Patrick and Columbia. Also known as the south cross it stands about 3.30 metres high." More details about the carvings here - www.megalithicireland.com/High Cross Kells.htm "The west side of the base depicts a chariot procession." Ed. Flickr does not like that link. Try google "cross kells history"
National Library of Ireland on The Commons
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Only nine years!!
Google Earth Link earth.app.goo.gl/ULbZGK #googleearth One of the 4 extant in Kells
Paging back in the catalogue, I get a lot of undateable Meath ruins. Paging forward, I get the Market House in Dundalk before the 1898 Ulster Bank in L_IMP_0120.
One more, L_IMP_0121, I see a terrace built c. 1870. No 1798 statue built 1898. The Hotel on the corner is Arthur's Hotel, I find a history page which says: In a list of local traders published in 1823 it is listed as 'N. Arthur (King's Arms), while in 1846 it was Queens Arms'. In 1890 it carried the name Williams Hotel. I think we would see the 1879 Kelly memorial if it was here. Suggests 1870s to me.
The very next IMP is long after, with 1898 memorial and lads wearing boaters - 1905 maybe, so as ever, this method of dating is very unreliable.
Relative dating ... Three Stereo Pairs in winter (ie not the same visit as today's) - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000563839 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000565251 (reverse view) catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000566200 (reverse view) Contemporary with today's photo - see 'condensed' script titles, and lack of gravel base - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000330364 (today's photo) catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000329394 (reverse view Imperial size) catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000336661 (reverse Cabinet) catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000336660 (Cabinet) catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000336666 (side view Cabinet) Later, with gravel base - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000322253 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000321104 To further confuse and make me quite cross (!), Mr Robert John Welch has these, which imho look like copies from the stereo pairs images - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000230234 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000230232 I think today's photo and others with the condensed script title and without the gravel base, are c. 1890. Or so. Possibly. Interesting to see how much the carvings have degenerated in the last 140 years. Thanks megazoom!