Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

English 'landscape engineer', who worked as an assistant to JOSEPH PAXTON JOSEPH PAXTON . During the 1860s, Howe produced designs for five gardens in Ireland: at Straffan, Co. Kildare, at Lyrath, Co. Kilkenny, at Temple House, Co. Sligo, at Powerscurt, Co. Wicklow and at Castle Leslie, Co. Monaghan. According to Lamb and Bowe, 'All of his designs are marked by vigorous scroll-work patterns emphasised by panels of coloured gravels in a manner which was typical of the high Victorian style in England, but the gorgeousness of which was eschewed by Ninian Niven and the Irish designers of the same period.' A heavy drinker, Howe succumbed to delirium tremens while he was working at Castle Leslie. He was sent back to England and died shortly afterwards at his home in Sydenham.

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References

All information in this entry is from Keith Lamb & Patrick Bowe, A History of gardening in Ireland (1995), 128.


5 work entries listed in chronological order for HOWE, JAMES #


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Building: CO. SLIGO, TEMPLE HOUSE
Date: 1862
Nature: Designs garden improvements, parterre for Alexander Perceval.
Refs: Drawing, s. & d. 3 Dec 1862 at Temple House; Keith Lamb & Patrick Bowe, A History of gardening in Ireland (1995), 128

Building: CO. KILKENNY, LYRATH
Date: 1863
Nature: Grounds designed by JH for Sir Charles Cuffe. Nelson attributes design to Nesfield, whose name is written in pencil on the back of drawing signed by Howe.
Refs: Drawing, s. & d. May 1863, in National Botanic Gardens, Dublin (IAA neg. C4/677); DB 5, 15 Apr 1863, 69; E.C. Nelson, 'A Nesfield plan for Lyrath', Garden History 13 (1985), 156-159; Keith Lamb & Patrick Bowe, A History of gardening in Ireland (1995), 128,222 (note 97)

Building: CO. KILDARE, STRAFFAN HOUSE
Date: 1863a
Nature: Designs parterre in front of house for Hugh Barton.
Refs: Gardeners' Chronicle 1863, p. 167, cited by Keith Lamb & Patrick Bowe, A History of gardening in Ireland (1995), 128.

Building: CO. MONAGHAN, CASTLE LESLIE (GLASLOUGH)
Date: 1866
Nature: Garden improvements, for Col Charles Leslie.
Refs: Leslie MSS (PRONI microfilm MIC.606/G/2/6A); Keith Lamb & Patrick Bowe, A History of gardening in Ireland (1995), 128

Building: CO. WICKLOW, POWERSCOURT
Date: 1866
Nature: Proposal for terraces for 7th Viscount Powerscourt.
Refs: Drawing, signed and dated March 1866, in IAA, Powerscourt Album 1/51/1; Keith Lamb & Patrick Bowe, A History of gardening in Ireland (1995), 128