Dublin Sketchers get together every Sunday afternoon in Dublin to sketch. We go to a different place each week. Check here before hand to see where we are off to. Come along if you fancy it! We start sketching from 2pm and meet at 4pm for a drink and chat. We are part of the global Urban Sketchers community.
5th November St John the Baptist Cemetery and Clontarf Castle
On Sunday the 5th
November Dublin Sketchers will sketch St John the Baptist Cemetery and Clontarf
Castle for a Halloween Themed Session from 2pm and meet for drinks at 4pm in
A fascinating place
located behind Clontarf Castle, this graveyard predates the early
seventeenth-century church of St John the Baptist. The graveyard contains a
number of well-sculpted grave markers of considerable artistic interest and is
of historical interest as the resting place of many notable individuals. Bram
Stoker was baptised here in December 1847 and legend has it that it inspired
him to write his novel Dracula. It’s an irregular-plan graveyard, established
c. 1300, having ruined church of c. 1610 and inscribed gravestones and markers
from eighteenth century to present date, tarmacadam paths, and gable-fronted
limestone pedestrian entrance of c. 1840 to south-east corner. Although it is a
Church of Ireland graveyard it has a number of Catholic burials from the period
before Emancipation. It is still used by families with established plots. It
creates an interesting group, contextualises the ruined church, and forms part
of a larger group of related structures that include Clontarf Castle and the
nineteenth-century Church of St. John the Baptist. The fine pedestrian gateway
links it stylistically with these other structures.
If it’s your first time
out and you can’t spot anyone at 2pm, just choose something to sketch and get
stuck in. Keep your eyes open for anyone carrying a sketchbook and say hello.
It's a friendly crowd who you’ll get to know over a drink from 4pm. Don't worry
if you're late, most of us usually are! You need to bring your own paper and
Getting there:stop 1772, bus 130 from Abbey St
If you would like your
sketch to be added to the website, email it to dublinsketchers @ gmail .com or
post it to the Dublin Sketchers Social WhatsApp group if you are on that.
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