Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Amateur.  According to a letter from Lady Louisa Connolly to Lady Charleville, Lord Charleville was responsible for much of the design of his house, Charleville Forest, Co. Offaly. His ideas were incorporated in the designs which FRANCIS JOHNSTON  FRANCIS JOHNSTON made for the house from 1800 onwards.(1) Three unsigned sketches in an amateur hand in the Murray Collection, which show many elements of Johnston's finished design, have been attributed to him,(2) as have other sketches for the exterior and interior of the house from the collection of drawings at Charleville which was dispersed at auction in Christie's on 15 December 1987.(3)

Lord Charleville's wife, Catherine Maria, daughter of William Townley Dawson, of Kinsaley, Co. Dublin, and widow of James Tisdall, of Bawn, Co. Louth, whom he married in 1798, also interested herself in the design of the house; a drawing for two tracery windows in the Murray Collection is initialled 'C[atherine] M[aria] C[harleville]'.(4) A drawing showing two alternative schemes for the entrance hall and drawing room at Charleville which was sold in the 1987 sale and is now in the Irish Architectural Archive may also be attributed to her on stylistic grounds.(5)


For further information about Bury's life, see the entry by C.J. Woods in Dictionary of Irish Biography, ed. by James McGuire and James Quinn, 9 vols. (Cambridge University Press, 2009), II, 92-3.

(1) See Goslin, 93,95.
(2) IAA Murray Collection, no. 194-196.
(3) Four of these drawings are now in the IAA, 86/24.7/1 and 89/88 and Guinness Collection, Acc. 96/068.6/8/1,2;  photographs of the other drawings are also in IAA.   A further collection of architectural drawings by or attributed to Lord Charleville and his circle was sold at Sotheby's on 27-28 Apr 1988.Lot 453. 
(4) IAA Murray Collection, no. 203.
(5) David J. Griffin & Simon Lincoln, Drawings from the Irish Architectural Archive (1993), 47(illus.).

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Date: 1798ca
Nature: Designs for house
Refs: Drawings in IAA Murray Collection, no. 194-196 (see Murray Collection catalogue, pp. 93-96); drawings in Charleville Forest collection sold Christie's 15 Dec 1987, of which 2 are now in IAA, 86/24.17/1 and 89/88, elevations of north and south fronts, IAA, Guinness Collection, Acc. 96/068.6/8/1,2;  photographs of others in IAA.