Du Noyer Collection
George Victor Du Noyer 1817-1869 was employed by the Geological Survey from 1847, having
 George Victor Du Noyer

 George Victor Du Noyer
Image reproduced by
kind permission of
The Royal Society of
Antiquaries of Ireland

been previously with the Ordnance Survey, where he was working as an artist. He started his geological training under the Local Director, Thomas Oldham, and became a competent geologist, but an unusual one, as he not only mapped the counties of Ireland, but recorded the landscape in a series of watercolours, often enhanced with people, animals (his great companion Mr Buff, an Irish water spaniel) or local fossils. He was competent in many media, and his paintings vary in size from miniature to the very large.

 Erratic boulder
This tiny watercolour of Lough Dan in Co. Wicklow, only 64mm wide, is an example of the excellent work by the artist, geologist and antiquarian George Victor Du Noyer. He exhibited in the Royal Hibernian Academy and was elected to membership of the Royal Irish Academy. During his years in the Survey he recorded many archaeological sites, railway sections, fossils and local people and published extensively. In 1995 there was an exhibition of work in the National Gallery of Ireland and another is planned for 2017 in the Crawford Gallery in Cork. His artistic work has merited an entry in ART AND ARCHITECTURE of Ireland, recently published by the Royal Irish Academy and Yale University Press.

He mapped many counties in Ireland, and having been promoted to District Surveyor in 1867, was sent to the northern counties of Ireland. He died in Antrim town, and is buried in All Saints parish church there. His maps, most of which are in the GSI, are still in use today, and his many paintings are in the GSI, the National Museum of Ireland, the Royal Irish Academy, the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, and many other places. An exhibition of his paintings was held in the National Gallery of Ireland in 1995.

To view a sample of his illustrations held in the GSI Archives, click here

All the original 6-inch field sheets may be viewed at the GSI Customer Centre, and the postcards are available by mail order from the Survey.

Price: €0.40 per postcard

Old red sandstone for Devil's Punch Bowl, Mangerton, Co. Kerry

Spheroidal weathering in basalt, near the Giant's Causeway, Co. Antrim

Unconformity between the Old Ref Sandstone and the Lower Palaeozoic rocks at Waterford harbour

Chert layers in Carboniferous Limestone, Ross Island, Lough Leane, Co. Kerry

Carboniferous Limestones near Kanturk, Co. Cork

Fold in Old Red Sandstone, Doneen Rock, Mallow, Co. Cork