Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of London, for whom see Howard Colvin, A Biographical dictionary of British architects 1600-1840 (4th edn., 2008), 1023-1028. In Ireland Taylor designed the Assembly Rooms above the Belfast city market for the fifth Lord Donegall, which were completed circa 1775 but entirely remodelled in the nineteenth century.(1) An interior view forms the subject of one of the thirty-two aquatint plates of Taylor's works commissioned by his son from THOMAS MALTON THOMAS MALTON . John Harris has suggested that Dartry, Co. Monaghan, is also by Taylor.(2)

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(1) C.E.B. Brett, Buildings of Belfast (2nd ed., 1985), 4,30.
(2) Letter from John Harris to E. McParland (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc. 2008/44).


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Building: CO. MONAGHAN, DAWSON GROVE
Date: 1770ca
Nature: New 7-bay 3-storey house for 1st Baron Dartrey attr. to RT by John Harris but  not listed among attributions to Taylor in Howard Colvin, A Biographical dictionary of British architects 1600-1840 (4th edn., 2008)
Refs: IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc.2008/44, citing letter from John Harris

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WARING STREET, ASSEMBLY ROOMS
Date: 1775ca
Nature: Addition of assembly rooms above market house. Paid for by 5th Earl of Donegall. Work supervised by - Cooper. Carver: Samuel Kirke. (Exterior remodelled by Charles Lanyon, 1845, interior by W.H. Lynn, 1895.; became head office of Belfast Bank)
Refs: Aquatint of interior by Thomas Malton, from set of 32 plates of Taylor's works commissioned by his son from Thomas Malton and distributed privately in 1792 (repr. Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 14 (no. 24); engraved view of exterior (Ulster Museum) repr. Larmour, loc. cit.); .Howard Colvin, A Biographical dictionary of British architects 1600-1840 (4th edn., 2008), 965; C.E.B. Brett, Buildings of Belfast (2nd ed., 1985), 4,30, pl.3.