Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Scottish architect, working in London, for whom see Howard Colvin, A Biographical dictionary of British architects 1600-1840 (4th edn, 2008), 811-813. In Rome in April 1792 James Playfair met Blayney Townley Balfour,(1) by whom he was asked to prepare designs for Townley Hall, Co. Louth.(2) On 1 February 1793, after returning to Ireland, Balfour sent Playfair £51-10s English,(3) and Playfair's receipt was forwarded to Balfour by La Touche's bank on 15 July following.(4) Playfair's scheme was not executed; instead Balfour turned to FRANCIS JOHNSTON  FRANCIS JOHNSTON for the design of his new house.

The Irish Architectural Archive holds elevations and a section of Playfair's proposed design for Townley Hall (Townley Hall Collection, Acc. 85/156).

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(1) John Ingamells, ed., A Dictionary of British and Irish travellers in Italy 1701-1800 (1997), 44, 775;
(2) Drawings in NLI, Townley Hall collection, duplicate set in National Monuments Record, Scotland, and two elevations in RIBA Drawings Collection (see Jill Lever, ed., Catalogue of the Drawings Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects O-R (1974), 78).
(3) NLI MS 11,901 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc. 2008/44).
(4) NLI MS 10,281 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc. 2008/44).


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Building: CO. LOUTH, TOWNLEY HALL
Date: 1792
Nature: Unexecuted design for house prepared in Rome for Blayney Townley Balfour, Apr 1792.
Refs: Plans and sections in IAA, Townley Hall Collection, Acc. 85/156 (repr. D.J. Griffin and S. Lincoln, Drawings from the Irish Architectural Archive (1993), 40-41); drawings, one dated 13 Apr 1792, in NLI, Townley Hall papers, MS 9593; duplicate set in National Monuments Record Scotland, Edinburgh (with original sketch designs that JP made for Townley in Rome tipped in); E & W elevations in RIBA Drawings Collection (see Jill Lever, ed., Catalogue of the Drawings Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects O-R (1974), 78); John Ingamells, ed., A Dictionary of British and Irish travellers in Italy 1701-1800 (1997), 44,775.