The building originally housed four superior courts, of Chancery, King's Bench, Exchequer and Common Pleas, giving the name to the building. It was built between 1786 and 1796. On the roofline are five stone statues (in poor condition):
Wisdom, with a serpent.
Authority, with a sceptre.
Mercy, probably with an olive branch.
- Edward Smyth (Co. Meath 1749 - 1812),
Walter Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913) (on-line).
Sources & Information
- Wikipedia, Four Courts.
- Viola B. M. Barrow, 'Edward Smyth', Dublin Historical Record 33, 2 (March 1980), pp. 56-66.
- Patrick Lenehan, 'Edward Smyth, Dublin's Sculptor', The GPA Irish Arts Review Yearbook (1989/1990), pp. 67-76.
- Architecture of Dublin City, 1802 - The Four Courts, Inns Quay, Dublin
- ICLR, History of the Four Courts.
Locatie (N 53°20'44" - W 6°16'24") (Satellite view: Google Maps)
Item Code: ie347; Photograph: 21 June 2023
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