Ruined buildings in Dublin after the Sinn Fein rebellion, April-May 1916 by Thomas Westropp, photographed 17-18 May, 1916
The RIA's Westropp photographic collection comprises forty photographs, documenting key buildings, monuments and streets in Dublin in the aftermath of the 1916 Easter Rising. Westropp donated these photographs to the Royal Irish Academy in June 1916, just weeks after the events of the Rising unfolded.
Westropp’s approach to documenting the destruction is representative of his training and of the accuracy and care with which he approached his work. Of this, Siobhan Fitzpatrick [RIA Librarian], states that the photographs 'demonstrate the intrepid nature of [Westropp’s] recording of landscapes and buildings. Throughout his life he recorded buildings in Ireland as seen through the prism of an antiquarian scholar. His training as an engineer ensured that he recorded dimensions and other details with a high level of accuracy. His images of Dublin in ruins may be seen in the context of this lifelong study of buildings in various states of disrepair or even ruin.'
A number of photographs in the collection document specific sites from different vantage points. There are photographs of Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street) and the GPO from different angles and street levels...
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Exhibit created by Mr Konstantin Ermolin, Library Assistant, Royal Irish Academy and Ms Amy Hughes, Assistant Librarian, Royal Irish Academy
Additional text by Ms Siobhan Fitzpatrick, Librarian, Royal Irish Academy and Dr. Sharon Webb, Programme Knowledge Transfer Manager, Digital Repository of Ireland, Royal Irish Academy
To view all 40 images in the collection, please go to the Digital Repository of Ireland website
Fitzgerald, M. A. (2000). Thomas Johnson Westropp, 1860-1922 : An Irish antiquary. Dublin: Dept. of Archaeology, UCD.
Irwin, L. (2009). Westropp, Thomas Johnson. In Dictionary of Irish Biography. (Vol. 6, pp. 861-862). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Webb, S. (2015, Nov 19). Documenting Destruction: The Westropp Photographic Collection and the 1916 Rising. Retrieved from http://dri.ie/dri-blog-westropp-collection-and-1916-rising