Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Scottish born architect who practised mainly in England, for whom see Howard Colvin, A Biographical dictionary of British architects 1600-1840 (4th edn., 2008), 417-425.   Gibbs's Book of Architecture, published in 1728 (with a second edition in 1739) was very widely used as a pattern book, and in Ireland the designs for both Castle Dobbs, Co. Antrim, and Rathfarnham House, Co. Dublin, were taken from Plate 64, 'A House for a Gentleman in Essex'.   It is likely that Gibbs may have been more directly involved in the design of Newbridge House, Co. Dublin, for Archbishop Charles Cobbe,(1) while the presence of two alternative schemes by him for a large house among the Mount Stewart papers in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland may indicate that Alexander Stewart was contemplating building a mansion for himself at Mount Stewart and acquired the designs from Gibbs to this end.(2)



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(1) Terry Friedman argues for Gibbs's direct involvement in the design of Newbridge in , 'Newbridge, Co. Dublin', Country Life 195, 4 Oct 2001, 108-113, and in Alec Cobbe and Terry Friedman, James Gibbs in Ireland: Newbridge, his villa for Charles Cobbe, Archbishop of Dublin (Cobbe Foundation & Irish Georgian Society, 2005). 
(2) See Anne Casement,' James Gibbs' schemes for the Londonderry family', Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies 13 (2010), 146-149.


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, NEWBRIDGE HOUSE (DONABATE)
Date: 1747-49
Nature: Gibbs's direct involvement in the design of the house proposed by Terry Friedman.(His thesis accepted by Colvin.)
Refs: Terry Friedman, 'Newbridge, Co. Dublin', Country Life 195, 4 Oct 2001, 108-113;  Alec Cobbe and Terry Friedman, James Gibbs in Ireland: Newbridge, his villa for Charles Cobbe, Archbishop of Dublin (Cobbe Foundation & Irish Georgian Society, 2005);  Howard Colvin, A Biographical dictionary of British architects 1600-1840 (4th edn., 2008), 423.