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Drawing - Donnybrook Fair
  • Donnybrook Fair
    Maclise, Daniel RA, born 1806 - died 1870
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Donnybrook Fair

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Ireland (probably, drawn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1825-70 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Maclise, Daniel RA, born 1806 - died 1870 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Forster Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 35, box B

Physical description

Pen and ink drawing depicting a scene at a fair in Dublin. In the foreground, various fights are breaking out between groups of men. In the background are banners for fairground attractions including a pair of giants, a Chinese juggler, and a horsemanship show. On the reverse is another drawing entitled 'The Wonderful Tune' (F.88:286).

Place of Origin

Ireland (probably, drawn)


ca. 1825-70 (drawn)


Maclise, Daniel RA, born 1806 - died 1870 (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 26 cm, Width: 38.5 cm

Descriptive line

Drawing by Daniel Maclise depicting a scene at Donnybrook Fair, Dublin. Ireland, ca. mid-19th century. On the reverse is 'The Wonderful Tune', numbered as F.88:286.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Pillar stand of thirty frames, containing three hundred and ninety drawings and sketches in pencil, pen and ink, and colour - figures, landscapes, etc. There are also seven by other hands (aside from Maclise) - Calderon, T.S. Cooper, Cope, Herbert, and Landseer, all R.A., F. Danby, A.R.A., and G. Cattermole.

These drawings and sketches include the following celebrated persons, amongst whom were several more of the Gallery of Illustrious Literary Characters: C.J. Apperley, Sir Egerton Brydges, Edward Bulwer-Lytton (Lord Lytton), G. Cattermole, Sir Alexander Cockburn, Joshua Cristall, Benjamin Disraeli (Earl of Beaconsfield), M. Faraday etc.





Subjects depicted

Crowds; Giants; Fighting; Fairs




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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