• Spinning outside a Cottage, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland -
    Price on request

    Inscribed on part of old mount attached to the backboard: Vale of Arklow/Farm Inistioge/Kilkenny

    Watercolour over traces of pencil

    307 x 432 mm., 12 x 17 in.



    With Stacey Marks, 1977;

    Private Collection, London


    Pocock was the son of a Bristol-based master mariner who commanded a number of vessels on the death of his father trading out of Bristol from the 1760s to the early 1780s. During this period the Irish trade was the predominant destination for Bristol-based vessels. Bristol ships traded with all the Irish ports, the greater number being involved in the trade with Dublin and the ports of southern Ireland - Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Youghall. These ships took on manufactured goods and colonial products, primarily tobacco, returning with dairy produce, salted beef and pork, linen and yam, leather and hides and timber. In addition to this direct trade, the ports of southern Ireland served as victualling stations for Bristol ships in the oceanic trades and Pocock’s surviving logs record voyages to the US, Europe, and the Caribbean. From the late 1770s, he decided to become an artist and a number of Irish views by him are recorded including views of Killarney, Kilkenny, Dublin, Sligo and Shillidear. A view of Lake Killarney is in the Government Art Collection. A view of Cork, dated 1811, was sold at Christie’s on 22nd May 1998, lot 132 and  view of Dublin was at Sotheby’s on 14th April 1994, lot 125.


    Inistioge is a small village situated on the river Nore, 15 miles south-east of Kilkenny. This watercolour is likely to date from circa 1810.

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