Joy's Paper Mill, Belfast: 1805, a romantic version.
possibly J. W. Cary (fl.1805)
Watercolour on paper, Joy's Paper Mill, Belfast, after the view by Thomas C. Thompson of 1805, but showing the mill as a ruin and with figures wearing vaguely Victorian dress. Inscribed bottom left: JOY'S PAPER MILL CROMACK BELFAST 1805 and dated on the verre eglomise mount: JOYS PAPER MILL 1805. Probably 20th century.
Gifted to the National Trust from Lady Mairi Bury (1921 - 2009), 1976. Until March 2020 this work was described thus: Joy's Paper Mill, Belfast, 1805 by J. W. Cary (fl.1805). Peter Bower (Paper History and Analysis) pointed out that the Mill was still in operation in 1850, so this view could not be accurate. Frances Bailey revised the description following further research.
Marks and inscriptions
Joys Papermill Cromack Belfast 1805 (lower left)
Makers and roles
possibly J. W. Cary (fl.1805), artist