Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Stuccadore, of Dublin, active in the 1790s and in the first two decades of the nineteenth century. As McParland has pointed out, the papers of the measurer BRYAN BOLGER  BRYAN BOLGER show that James Talbot was the favoured stuccadore of RICHARD MORRISON  RICHARD MORRISON during this period.(1) Talbot worked in a number of Morrison's houses; these included Castlegar, Co. Galway, seat of Sir Ross Mahon, who brought a lawsuit against him in 1808.(2) Talbot is not mentioned in Bolger's notes after 1807, but he appears in Wilson's Dublin Directory for 1811. He was probably related to the plasterworker Thomas Talbot, who worked with him at Sans Souci, Co. Dublin, in 1801-3.

A sad account of Talbot's later career was given by his fellow-tradesmen in March 1834.  He had been 'the best workman in the Trade', they recalled, enjoying an 'extensive' business and employing twelve men, but in about 1816 his business had begun to decline and in about 1818 it had collapsed. He had died in the North Dublin workhouse.(3)

The Irish Architectural Archive holds a number of Talbot's designs for the plasterwork at Castlegar (Murray Collection, Acc. 92/46, nos. 182-193).

Address:  Stephen Street.(4)

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References



(1) Dublin Historical Record 25, no. 4 (Sep 1972), 128-9; Country Life 153 (24 May 1973), 1466.
(2) Cash book and journal No. IV of Sir Ross Mahon, 1808-10, Mahon MSS, NLI MS 23,018.
(3) Royal Irish Academy, Haliday MS 4B 31;  this manuscript is a copy of a report presented to Daniel O'Connell in 1834 to support the argument for repealing the Act of Union by describing the catastrophic impact the Act had had on the tradesmen of Dublin.
(4) See note 3, above.


8 work entries listed in chronological order for TALBOT, JAMES *


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, BOOTERSTOWN, BOOTERSTOWN AVENUE, SANS SOUCI
Date: 1801-3
Nature: Internal plasterwork, with Thomas Talbot, for William Digges La Touche.. Measured by Bryan Bolger, 1801,1803.
Refs: Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/125; A.M. Rowan, ed., The Architecture of Richard Morrison and William Vitruvius Morrison (IAA, 1989), 157

Building: CO. CARLOW, POLLACTON
Date: 1802ca
Nature: Internal plasterwork, for Sir Charles Burton.
Refs: Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/124; A.M. Rowan, ed., The Architecture of Richard Morrison and William Vitruvius Morrison (IAA, 1989), 144

Building: CO. GALWAY, CASTLEGAR
Date: 1807
Nature: Internal plasterwork. Measured by Bryan Bolger Jun 1807. For Sir Ross Mahon.
Refs: Drawings in IAA, Murray Collection, Acc. 92/46.182-193 (staircase ceiling design rrepr.D.J. Griffin and S. Lincoln, Drawings from the Irish Architectural Archive (1993), 53); Bryan Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/126; cash book and journal No. IV of Sir Ross Mahon, 1808-10, Mahon MSS, NLI MS 23,018; A.M. Rowan, ed., The Architecture of Richard Morrison and William Vitruvius Morrison (IAA, 1989), 61-64(illus.); D.J. Griffin and S. Lincoln, Drawings from the Irish Architectural Archive (IAA, 1993), 53(illus.)

Building: CO. OFFALY, CANGORT PARK
Date: 1807
Nature: Internal plasterwork, for William Trench. Measured by Bryan Boger, May 1807.
Refs: Bolger MSS, NA/PRO, 1A/58/127; A.M. Rowan, ed., The Architecture of Richard Morrison and William Vitruvius Morrison (IAA, 1989), 43

Building: CO. WEXFORD, HYDE PARK
Date: 1807
Nature: Internal plasterwork, for John Christopher Beauman. Measured by Bryan Bolger, Jul 1807.
Refs: Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/124; A.M. Rowan, ed., The Architecture of Richard Morrison and William Vitruvius Morrison (IAA, 1989), 108; David Rowe & Eithne Scallan, Houses of Wexford(Ballinakella Press, 2004), no. 558(illus.)

Building: CO. GALWAY, ST CLERAN'S
Date: 1807
Nature: Internal plasterwork, for John Hardiman Burke.. Measured by Bryan Bolger, 1807.
Refs: Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/124; A.M. Rowan, ed., The Architecture of Richard Morrison and William Vitruvius Morrison (IAA, 1989), 155-6

Building: CO. KILDARE, ARDENODE (BALLYMORE EUSTACE)
Date: 1807a
Nature: Cornice for Richard Evans, similar to that for dining room at Castlegar, Co. Galway. Drawing for latter in IAA inscr. 'The same plan executed for R. Evans Esq. Ardenwood with additions of the reed at Bottom No. 2'
Refs: Drawing in IAA, Murray Collection, Acc. 92/46, no. 183 (see B. Goslin, 'History and descriptive catalogue of the Murray Collection', MA thesis submitted to NUI, Jan 1990, 89)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, SHANKILL, SHANGANAGH CASTLE
Date: 1892ca
Nature: Internal plasterwork, for Maj. Gen. George Cockburn. Measured by Bryan Bolger
Refs: Boger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/124; A.M. Rowan, ed., The Architecture of Richard Morrison and William Vitruvius Morrison (IAA, 1989), 160