Drogheda Municipal Art Collection

Boyne Viaduct, Drogheda

Henry Roper-Curzon

b. 1822 - d. 1892
1878 Watercolour on paper

In his watercolour of 1878, the Boyne viaduct is the focal point and looks both elegant and imposing, with the ships docked in the harbour emphasizing its scale and proportion. Opened in 2855 and still in use by Iarnród Éireann, the viaduct bridge represents an impressive feat of engineering skill and architectural vision. Built to clear the masts and sails of tall ships, it was to have a minimum clearance, at high water, of 27.4m, with a span of 76.2m and at least 18.29m left clear for shipping during construction. In Roper-Curzon’s rendering, there is a nice contrast between the steel framework of the bridge and oarsmen in a wooden skiff.

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