Ever wondered what Cork looked like in the 19th Century?
The publishers of a bestselling Irish photography book have shared some of the earliest surviving photographs of the Rebel County.
The Old Ireland in Colour images, which are also some of the oldest photos of Ireland, were taken by Scottish Captain Henry Craigie Brewster between 1842 and 1843.
Meticulously colourised by John G. Breslin, they show uniformed members of 76th Regiment standing outside Cork Barracks, the guard room and gate at Cork Barracks, a number of buildings in Buttevant and a snow-covered Buttevant Barracks.
Outside Buttevant Barracks in 1843 and now…
Barrack Place/Military Road https://t.co/ygTPV3jC9M
Some of the same buildings 178 years later!
(The OK Corral is in blue) pic.twitter.com/Hxw3ErsATq
— Old Ireland in Colour (@irelandincolour) February 19, 2021
Captain Brewster produced photographs works using the calotype process, using paper coated with silver iodide. It is believed that he may have used a camera loaned by his father from Edinburgh optician Thomas Davidson to photograph his regiment while assigned to Cork.
Published in October by Merrion Press, Old Ireland in Colour by John G Breslin and Sarah-Anne colourises black and white photos of Ireland and Irish people from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. The tome was the bestselling book in Ireland last year and scooped Best Irish-Published Book of the Year 2020.
You can order a copy (€19) to enjoy during the quiet weeks ahead here.