Glimpses of Ireland's Past

The Ordnance Survey Memoir Drawings: topography and technique

By Angelique Day

Glimpses of Ireland's Past provides a visual landscape of the city of Ulster in the decade before the Famine in Ireland. The book contains illustrations of the landscape, the ancient sites, the monuments, the objects, and the curiosities, not as examples of great artistic accomplishments, but as a visual documentation of Ulster. It provides an insight into the working methods and innovations of the Ordnance Survey's (a national mapping agency) project of mapping Ireland. The drawings offer glimpses of Ireland which are neither contrived nor commercial. They are an intriguing complement to the more standard views of contemporary topographical art and provide a unique insight into the 19th-century Ordnance Survey and its continuing significance for Irish scholarship today. *** "Paired with the preserved illustrations are descriptive and informative text vignettes. 'Glimpses of Ireland's Past' lives up to its title as a preserved treasury; its drawings were not commercial, but rather created specifically to preserve, record, and remember. Highly recommended, especially for college library world history shelves." - Midwest Book Review, Library Bookwatch, World History Shelf, December 2014 *** "The mystical and magical depictions present beguiling details of the ruins, structures, monuments and artifacts, some dating from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century. ... The singular loveliness of graceful, ongoing collapse over the centuries - captured at a specific point in time - yields rare and riveting perspectives. ... All praise to Ang?lique Day for this enchanting publication!" -The Celtic Connection, January 2015 [Subject: History, Irish Studies, Urban Studies, Cartography, Art]~~

Publication Date: 10/16/2014
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781908996459