Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Artist and art critic, of Dublin, for biography of whom see the entry by Ruth Devine in DIB.   A self-educated Englishman who had settled in Ireland by the time of the Irish census of March1901,(1) Robert Elliott was the author of Art in Ireland (1906), a collection of articles by himself which had appeared in the Irish Rosary, the Freeman's Journal and The Leader between 1902 and 1904.(2) He also contributed articles and letters on Irish architecture and ecclesiastical sculpture to the Irish Builder, where his opinions were challenged in letters from the sculptors EDMUND SHARP  EDMUND SHARP and HARRY HEMS HARRY HEMS . In his writings he did much to promote the architecture of WILLIAM ALPHONSUS SCOTT WILLIAM ALPHONSUS SCOTT . With Scott in 1906 he made 'an extended architectural tour' to study Byzantine architecture in Ravenna and Turkey.(3) Between 1900 and 1909 he exhibited paintings and etchings at the Royal Hibernian Academy. He died of inflammation of the brain at the age of forty-seven on 24 March 1910 and was buried at Glasnevin Cemetery.(4) He was survived by his wife, Brigid, and son, MacCarthy.(5)

Addresses:(6) 12 Margravine Studios, West Kensington, London W, 1900; Ormonde Villa, Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin, 1901-02; 30 Upper Dominick St, Dublin, <=1909 until death.



An obituary with a portrait photograph IB 52, 30 Apr 1910, 277.  The same photograph is in IB Jubilee Number (1909), 11.

(1) Jeanne Sheehy, The Rediscovery of Ireland's Past: the Celtic Revival 1830-1930 (1980), 137. In his census return he describes himself as an engraver and qualified art master.
(2) See Paul Larmour, The Arts and Crafts Movement in Ireland (1992), 130,132,164.
(3) IB 48, 5 May 1906, 345.
(4) Glasnevin Cemetery records.
(5) See note 4, above.
(6) ) Ann M. Stewart, Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts: Index of exhibitors (1985), I, 243.

Author Title Date Details
Elliott, Robert 'Modern Irish Art &c' 1903 IB 45, 2 Jul 1903, 1856. (Letter to editor in response to letter from Harry Hems in IB 45, 21 May 1903, 1764.)
Elliott, Robert [Catholic Ecclesiastical Sculpture] 1903 IB 45, 7 May 1903, 1728-1731. (Reprint of article in The Irish Rosary, May 1903?)
Elliott, Robert 'Ecclesiastical Sculpture in Dublin' 1903 IB 45, 4 Jun 1903, 1814. (Letter to editor in response to letters from H. Hems in IB 45, 21 May 1903, 1764, and Edmund Sharp in IB 45, 7 May 1903, 1728.)
Elliott, Robert 'Ecclesiastical sculpture in Dublin' 1903 IB 45, 21 May 1903, 1764-65. (Letter to editor.)
Elliott, Robert Hi - Youi 1906 Dublin: Sealy, Byers & Walker, 1906.
Elliott, Robert Art and Ireland 1906 Dublin: Sealy, [1906]. (Collection of articles by RE with introduction by Edward Martyn.)
Elliott, Robert 'The profession of architecture in Ireland' 1906 IB 48, 27 Jan 1906, 53-54.
Elliott, Robert 'Fifty years of art in Ireland' 1909 IB Jubilee Number (1909), 11.