The Image of Irelande, with a Discoverie of Woodkarne

A scene showing a feast hosted by an Irish chieftain, probably the most famous scene from The Image of Ireland.

The Image of Irelande, with a Discoverie of Woodkarne is a 1581 book by John Derricke.

The book is dedicated to Philip Sidney. It praises the deputyship of Philip's father Henry Sidney and English victories over the Irish.[1] The work opens with a poetic history of Ireland and its conflicts with the English, presenting reasons for English rule. This proceeds to a set of twelve woodcut illustrations interspersed with verse narration, describing Henry Sidney's victories of Irish rebels and denigrating Irish culture. The book ends with the surrender of Turlough Luineach Ó Neill, king of Tyrone, in 1578.[2]

There is only one complete version extant, at the Edinburgh University Library. A copy was produced and edited by the university librarian in 1883.[3]


  1. ^ Highley, Christopher (1997). Shakespeare, Spenser, and the crisis in Ireland (1. publ. ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 44–45.  
  2. ^ , pl 3"Image of Irelande". University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  3. ^ , by John Derrick"The Image of Irelande". University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 


  • Andrew Hadfield, "Derricke, John (fl. 1578–1581)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, online edn, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004, accessed 27 July 2010
  • James A. Knapp, and the 'delight of the well disposed reader'"Image of Ireland"'That moste barbarous Nacion': John Derricke's ,, 2000
  • Anthony M. McCormack and Terry Clavin, "Derricke, John", Dictionary of Irish Biography, (Eds.) James Mcguire and James Quinn, Cambridge University Press, 2009.

External links

  • The Image of IrelandeWoodcuts from , Edinburgh University Library
  • The Image of Irelande, 1883 reprint with introduction and notes, downloadable in multiple formats from
  • Richard Marsh's explanation of plate 3
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