Ferguson, Samuel The Cromlech on Howth, a poem by Samuel Ferguson. London, Day and Son, 1861
The cromlech on Howth, a poem, by Samuel Ferguson, Q.C.M.R.I.A., with illuminations from the Books of Kells and Durrow, and drawings from nature by M.S., with notes on Celtic ornamental art, revised by George Petrie, LLD.
This lavishly ornamented and illustrated book tells, in poetic form, the legend of the cromlech on Howth which is known as Aideen’s Grave. The author, Sir Samuel Ferguson, was a major figure in 19th century Irish literature. Margaret Stokes illuminated and illustrated the Cromlech poem, and it was her first published piece of art; her diffidence can be seen by the fact that only her highly elaborate initials acknowledge her contribution. The final contributor to the volume, George Petrie, was a noted antiquarian and archaeologist and like Ferguson, a prominent member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is also remembered as very important collector of traditional Irish music and as a talented Romantic artist in his own right.