This image of a painting of the Castletimon dolmen from 1861 ‘The Dolmen at Potter’s River’ is by George Victor Du Noyer and is reproduced courtesy of the Royal Irish Academy.
Du Noyer (1817-69), one of Ireland’s finest artists, worked for over 20 years with the Geological Survey of Ireland, mapping the rock formations of several Irish counties, and contributing to our understanding of how Ireland’s landscape formed.He had previously worked for six years with the Ordnance Survey of Ireland, sketching and painting antiquities, monuments, fossils, plants and animals.
His work allowed him to walk and survey extensively the Irish landscape, and to record rock formations, fossils and other features of interest along the way. His working field sheets, which are still consulted as geological records, are richly embellished with small paintings, making them veritable works of art.
Despite having no formal artistic training, Du Noyer in his youth benefited from the tuition of his neighbour George Petrie, the noted landscape artist and antiquarian. A sample of Du Noyers paintings may be viewed on the GSI’s website HERE