POBJE, HENRY *
- Born: 1771ca Died: 1830
Ornamental plasterer, of Bray, Co. Wicklow, who worked at Kilruddery, Co. Wicklow, in the early 1820s. Henry Pobje, who was born in 1770 or 1771, may have been a son of A. Pobje, described by Strickland as an artist and wax modeller, of Whitefriar Street, Dublin. It is possible that he moved to Bray from Dublin as a result of the Kilruddery commission. No other works by him are at present recorded. He died in Bray on 20 June 1830 at the age of fifty-nine, leaving a widow, Mary (d.1845). He had at least three sons, Charles, Joseph and Henry. Charles, who was awarded a medal by the Royal Dublin Society's schools in 1829,(1) worked as a plasterer and emigrated to Australia in 1842, followed by his brother Henry in 1854.(2) Joseph appears to have remained in Ireland, working as an architectural modeller for James Hogan & Sons of 168 Great Brunswick (Pearse) Street, Dublin. THOMAS DREW , for whom he worked on the Provincial Bank in College Street in 1862-3, describes Joseph Pobje as 'the last survivor of the tradition of refined architectural modelling in Dublin', adding that he 'was by breeding a 'gentleman-workman', of foreign appearance, well educated and spoke French; a very interesting man'.
All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), II, 247-8, and J.A. Claire Crowther, 'The Pobjoy family of Bray', Journal of the Cualann Historical Society (1986), 18-21.
(1) Gitta Willemson, The Dublin Society Drawing Schools 1746-1876 (2000), 79.
(2) Confusingly an H. Pobje, stucco plasterer, drew up a will in Dublin in 1845, see John Cornforth & the Knight of Glin, 'Kilruddery, Co. Wicklow - II', Country Life 162, 14 Jul 1977, 148.
1 work entries listed in chronological order for POBJE, HENRY *
|Building:||CO. WICKLOW, KILRUDDERY|
|Nature:||Ornamental plasterwork in principal rooms and hall.
|Refs:||John Cornforth & the Knight of Glin, 'Kilruddery, Co. Wicklow - II', Country Life 162, 14 Jul 1977, 147-148(illus.).|