What was the most famous landscape painting in Irish history?

In 1775, Irishman Henry Macdonald painted a magnificent landscape of Ireland. 

He used his brush and a few tools, including a large scale model of a ship.

The scene of the painting is a landscape that spans the entire coastline of Ireland, from Co Tipperary and Co Down to Londonderry and beyond.

The landscape is dotted with trees and flowers, but is also full of ancient ruins, including the remains of an ancient castle.

The painting was made into a sculpture and sold at auction in 1822 for a record £100,000. 

Today, it is one of the most sought-after pieces of Irish history. 

Henry Macdonald, the creator of the famous landscape, was born in Co Dublin in 1775. 

The painting was the brainchild of a fellow Dubliner named Henry Maciejewski, who had just returned from his tour of the country. 

Maciejowicz, who was also the son of a priest, was in Dublin when he made the famous painting. 

“Macieśs father was a very poor fisherman,” said John Fitzgerald, the head of the National Gallery in Dublin.

“He was very close to the sea and had no tools.

He would use his hands, and he was a really good painter, but he was poor and he could only paint on the walls.” 

Macies father took Macieřs family fishing boat, and the painting was one of many things he had on hand to help him make the portrait. 

 Maciemejewski spent about two years making the painting, using his own brushes, some of which were made of oak, and a hand-carved stone. 

He painted it in water, to make it look like a lake. 

It was then that the landscape was painted over, with a brush and some tools. 

In 1823, Macieczyjewski’s family decided to sell the painting.

He died in 1827, and in the years following, the artwork went through several owners. 

According to John Fitzgerald of the museum, Macies work was commissioned by a wealthy Irishman called Thomas Leeson, who bought the painting for £10,000 in 1831. 

After Leeson sold the painting to the Irish Government, he gave it to the National Museum in Dublin, where it sat for nearly two centuries. 

Today, the painting sits in the National Art Gallery of Ireland’s National Collection, which includes works from more than a thousand artists. 

One of the earliest versions of the landscape depicted a large-scale ship, which has remained on display at the National Collection ever since. 

Another version of the work depicted a medieval castle, which was also on display. 

Many of the paintings of the period depict scenes of violence, such as the siege of Kilkenny in 1836. 

A version of this image from a painting entitled ‘The Battle of Kilkerry’ depicts a group of Irishmen on horseback attacking a British ship. 

Later versions of Macieczewski’s work included depictions of war, including scenes of Irish soldiers fighting for the British. 

This painting, taken from a 16th century painting entitled The Battle of the Staghound, shows a group on horsebacks in battle. 

Sources: Wikipedia