Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Swiss painter and amateur architect. Johann Heinrich Müntz, who came to England in 1755 as a protegé of Horace Walpole, was patronized by the Earl of Charlemont in the 1760s. For Charlemont's park at Marino, Dublin, Müntz produced a set of designs for an oval 'Egiptian Building'(1) in 1762. There is no evidence that it was executed. The Countess - subsequently Duchess - of Northumberland admired 'a very handsome Gothic Room' in the grounds at Marino in October 1763; this building, which had a square or rectangular plan with a tower in stages and a small spire, may possibly have been designed by Müntz.(2)



References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Teresa S. Watts, 'The life and work of Johann Heinrich Müntz', unpublished Ph.D. thesis for the University of Toronto, pp.16-27,36-58 (copy in IAA).


(1) Now in the Lewis-Walpole Library, Farmington, Connecticut; section repr. John Harris, A Catalogue of British Drawings for architecture…in American Collections (1971) Pl. 105, and Michael McCarthy, The Origins of the Gothic Revival (1987), Pl. 22, plan repr. McCarthy, op. cit., Pl.148 .
(2) See Edward Malins & the Knight of Glin, Lost Demesnes (1976), 138-140,Pl. 158; see also John Harris, op. cit. (1971), 143, McCarthy, op. cit., 111-113, and Ruth Musielak (ed. Rose Anne White),Charlemont's Marino: portrait of a landscape (Dublin: Office of Public Works, 2014), 47-56(illus.).


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MALAHIDE ROAD, MARINO
Date: 1762;1768
Nature: Plans for 'Egyptian' Room for 1st Viscount Charlemont, 1762. Further unspecified designs, 1768.
Refs: Drawings in Lewis-Walpole Library, Farmington, Connecticut; Teresa S. Watts, 'The life and work of Johann Heinrich Muntz', unpublished Ph.D. thesis for the University of Toronto, pp. 55-58; repr. M. McCarthy, The Origins of the Gothic Revival (1987), 714;  Ruth Musielak (ed. Rose Anne White),Charlemont's Marino: portrait of a landscape (Dublin: Office of Public Works, 2014), 47-56.

Author Title Date Details
Watts, Teresa S. 'The Life and Work of Johann Heinrich Muntz' 1985 Unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University of Toronto, 1985.