St. Stephen’s Green. This image appears in “Dublin Illustrated,” the magazine’s article on Ireland’s capital city. Source: The Graphic (17 August 1878): 176. Click on image to enlarge it.

Commentary from The Graphic

Merrion, Fitzwilliam, and Mountjoy Square surrounded as they are by the town residences of the aristocracy, are always pointed to as embellishments of which any city might feel proud, but there is one square in Dublin larger than any of these, or of any square in Europe, nnd known as St. Stephen's Green. This enclosure, which occupies a whole square mile, is through the munificence of Sir Arthur Guinness, who is about to spend 5,000l. upon it, shortly to lie thrown open to the public as a park, and hundreds of workmen are now engaged in forming a lake, and making the place in other respects more suitable to its new purpose. The Green was formerly the Tyburn of Dublin, several malefactors having been gibbeted therein. It boasts two statues, one of George II. on horseback, nnd the second of Lord Eglinton, Lord-Lieutenant in 1852, and again in 1858-0.

The buildings of the Catholic University, the Royal College of Surgeons, the College of Science, and the Wesleyan College form portions of the lines of fine houses on each side of the Green. The Guinness family also have a mansion here, and in turning one of the corners at the south side you will find before you the Exhibition Palace, which under the management of Sir Edward Lee is an unvarying source of amusement to the people of Dublin. [175]

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“Dublin Illustrated.” The Graphic (17 August 1878): 169-81. Internet Archive online version of a copy in the University of Illinois Library. Web. 14 August 2018.

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