Tourism, Landscape, and the Irish Character: British Travel Writers in Pre-Famine Ireland
Picturesque but poor, abject yet sublime in its Gothic melancholy, the Ireland perceived by British visitors during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries did not fit their ideas of progress, propriety, and Protestantism. The rituals of Irish Catholicism, the lamentations of funeral wakes, the Irish language they could not comprehend, even the landscapes were all strange to tourists from England, Wales, and Scotland. Overlooking the acute despair in England’s own industrial cities, these travelers opined in their writings that the poverty, bog lands, and ill-thatched houses of rural Ireland indicated moral failures of the Irish character.
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However , the Lumper did not last as long as other potatoes , making the “ hungry
months ” ( between early spring , when the last of the previous year ' s crop were
eaten , and late summer and fall , when the first new potatoes were lifted ) ...
Riots occurred in the teens and early twenties . “ Captain Swing " returned to the
English countryside in the early 1830s . John Constable ' s brother in East Anglia
told the artist that unrest in Suffolk , where there was never a night without arson ...
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