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The warmth and charm of an open fire

The warmth and charm of an open fire
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There is a certain sense of deja vu about this in that we have been in sitting rooms before with a similar clutter of decorations on the walls. A cosy, comfortable, lived in room with lots of books, big chairs and an open fire - the perfect place to sit and read a good book?

While not 100% confirmed, the general consensus is that this is Ethel Louisa Dillon. And that she is probably pictured at the Dillon family estate at Ahascragh. Perhaps c.1900-1910....

Photographers: Dillon Family

Contributors: Luke Gerald Dillon, Augusta Caroline Dillon

Collection: Clonbrock Photographic Collection

Date: Catalogue date c.1900. Perhaps after c.1902 (coronation). Likely before c.1912 (magazine pictured)

NLI Ref: CLON861

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Date: 2018-10-22 07:26:47

The Clonbrock photographic Collection Luke Gerald Dillon Baron Clonbrock Augusta Caroline Dillon Baroness Clonbrock Dillon Family National Library of Ireland Room furniture pictures open fire lady reading 'Sunday At Home' Cuckoo clock 12:34 Drawing room Living room Parlour Nicknacks Knick-knacks

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'The Sunday At Home' is the magazine on the floor...
BultacoFan 2018-10-22 08:02:47
...and the picture on the wall is Queen Victoria at her writing desk.
BultacoFan 2018-10-22 08:08:02
[] I think this is the same Photo of Queen Victoria
National Library of Ireland on The Commons 2018-10-22 08:09:30
Congratulation for your beautiful Album.
domenico milella 2018-10-22 08:11:33
Liking all the clutter ...
BeachcomberAustralia 2018-10-22 08:14:34
The only book title I can make out is JULIUS CAESAR, which is perhapes a little old for dating purposes.
Niall McAuley 2018-10-22 08:15:19
Contrary to the notes in the archive, the room full of knick-knacks in CLON692 is a totally different room full of other knick-knacks.
Niall McAuley 2018-10-22 08:19:53
Same room tizzied up for christmas? (cuckoo clock says 12:06) -
BeachcomberAustralia 2018-10-22 08:26:17
[] I see the books are arranged by size!!
National Library of Ireland on The Commons 2018-10-22 08:28:25
[] The swallows are attacking the Cuckoo!
National Library of Ireland on The Commons 2018-10-22 08:28:57
[] Agreed same room, I wonder how long between both shots?
National Library of Ireland on The Commons 2018-10-22 08:32:48
I wonder if the cuckoo clock means we are after the 1901 trip to Switzerland?
BeachcomberAustralia 2018-10-22 08:33:31
All the different photos she has in that room make it look like her Facebook page of yesteryear in there.
Szturm14 2018-10-22 10:46:10
There is a Dog....
DannyM8 2018-10-22 10:48:42
No, no, that was after the trip to Germany.
The cuckoo clock looks like a Black Forest cuckoo clock, where cuckoo clocks originated from. German cuckoo clocks usually depict a forest or hunting scenes, where as the Swiss cuckoo clocks are built like a little colourful chalets.

There is no fire in the fire place :) The drapery and furniture so close to the fire place would be a fire hazard.
Cecilia Temperli 2018-10-22 11:13:31
Its old, the shadow of the pendulum has worn a hole in the wall.
John A. Coffey 2018-10-22 12:12:46
[] Between coal fires, oil lamps, candles and in later years gas, these big houses used to burn down quite a lot. This is presumably Clonbrock House, which burned down in 1994. The older castle on the grounds which this house replaced burned down in 1807.
Niall McAuley 2018-10-22 13:11:16
Left and right of the knick-knack shelves on the left wall are photos of the Baron and Baroness in full robes, as seen below heading to the Coronation. We are definitely after 1893 when Luke Gerald Dillon became Baron Clonbrock.
There's grandeur for ye
Niall McAuley 2018-10-22 13:14:13
Look who's next door in the catalogue at CLON860:
Niall McAuley 2018-10-22 15:27:14

Thank you for the information! I love old photos and the history that comes with them.
Cecilia Temperli 2018-10-22 20:49:36
What's on the paper taped to the fireplace? Also seems to be a reflection in the losenge shaped mirror to the right of the mantle of another set of shelves..
oaktree_brian_1976 2018-10-22 20:57:40
Is the photo of the stag above the fireplace The Monarch of the Glen by Edwin Landseer

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National Library of Ireland on The Commons 2018-10-23 07:09:01
And the one below the Stag Shoeing also by Landseer
National Library of Ireland on The Commons 2018-10-23 07:16:25
and the dogs to the right of the stag Dignity and Impudence
National Library of Ireland on The Commons 2018-10-23 07:19:26
[] "The Sunday at Home" was published from 1854 to 1912.
Niall McAuley 2018-10-23 08:03:38
Just right of the fireplace I noted a knick-knack (one of 4) on top of a photo frame.

it is a souvenir of the Gold State Carriage of the UK Royal family. I think this must be a souvenir of the 1902 Coronation, and we are after that date.
Niall McAuley 2018-10-23 08:10:20
Woman is Ethel Louisa Dillon,
O Mac 2018-10-23 23:20:11
"Hon. Ethel Louisa Dillon was born on 16 October 1880. She was the daughter of Luke Gerald Dillon, 4th Baron Clonbrock and Hon. Augusta Caroline Crofton."
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Does she look about 30 here? ie c. 1910
BeachcomberAustralia 2018-10-24 06:51:33
Dr. Ilia 2018-10-24 08:00:10
Thanks all! I had updated the map, dates and tags yesterday. And have since made a small addition to the description...
National Library of Ireland on The Commons 2018-10-25 00:23:19
[] Sure looks like it to me. Reproduction probably
oaktree_brian_1976 2018-10-25 01:49:13
[] Yes! ding ding ding.
oaktree_brian_1976 2018-10-25 01:50:01
Burned down in 1994? How did it escape the attention of the Land Commission in 50s, 60s and 70s
maire_mccluskey 2018-10-27 13:59:34

By 1909, Lord Clonbrock had no alternative but to sell. By 1914, he had sold the majority of his tenanted lands for which he received £250,000, in today’s terms roughly £15 million. As he was largely unencumbered he was able to invest the bulk of this capital..................

From 1930 to the early 1970s the house survived but only just. From the 5th Baron’s premature death in 1925 until the 1960s, it was occupied by Ethel Dillon, his sister. It then passed to her grand- nephew, Sir Luke Dillon Mahon, who sold what remained of the estate in the mid-1970s. Unfortunately, the house was accidentally destroyed by fire in 1994.......

From Clonbrock : History of a Big House
Terence Dooley
National Library of Ireland on The Commons 2018-10-27 21:09:45

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