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Drawing - The Holy Well
  • The Holy Well
    Maclise, Daniel RA, born 1806 - died 1870
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The Holy Well

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Ireland (drawn)

  • Date:

    1827 (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

The illustration is said to represent Ronogue's Well near Cork. Pilgrimages to holy wells have always been a feature of Irish religious life. This drawing by Maclise is typical of his scenes of Irish local life, usually containing an element of caricature similar to that found in contemporary satirical prints.

Physical description

Pen and ink drawing on an irregular shaped sheet of paper, entitled 'The Holy Well', depicting crowds of people gathering around a religious site. Inscribed with date and title.

Place of Origin

Ireland (drawn)


1827 (drawn)


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

Materials and Techniques



Height: 19.5 cm, Width: 27.7 cm

Descriptive line

Pen and ink drawing by Daniel Maclise entitled 'The Holy Well'. Ireland, 1827.

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

People; Holy wells; Pilgrims; Wells




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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