Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Surveyor, of Dublin and London. Bland Hood Galland, who, according to the English censuses of 1841 and 1851, was born in Dublin in 1810 or 1811,was probably a son of Bland Galland, engraver and copper-plate printer, of Dublin. He was admitted to the Royal Dublin Society's School of Landscape and Ornament in about 1825 and awarded a premium on 14 December 1826.(1) From 1827 to 1828 he was employed on the Irish Boundary Survey and from 1833 to 1834 on the Ordnance Survey.   He exhibited three architectural designs at the Royal Hibernian Academy between 1832 and 1835: for a United Service Club House, Dublin, in 1832 (no. 253), for a monument to Captain Skinner in 1833 (no. 209) and for a cenotaph in memory of Mrs Hemans in 1835 (no. 262).

Galland subsequently worked as a surveyor in England and was living in Yoxford, Suffolk, between 1838 and 1841, when he was recorded in the census. By 1845 he had moved to London. The 1851 census records him as an architect and civil engineer living in lodgings at 43, Essex Street, Westminster.   He may have spent some time in India during the 1850s, as the view of Lucknow which was exhibited at the Panorama in Leicester Square, London, in 1858, was painted 'from Drawings taken by Bland Hood Galland, Esq., C.E., F.R.G.S. London'.(2)

RIBA: elected associate, 24 February 1845; membership lapsed 1850.

Address: 8 Craig's Court, Charing Cross, London, 1845; 43 Essex Street Westminster, 1851.



All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Sarah Bendall, ed., Dictionary of Land Surveyors and Local Map-Makers of Great Britain and Ireland 1530-1850 (2nd edition, 1997), II, 192, which see for further details, and Directory of British Architects 1834-1914 (RIBA 2001), I, 701.

(1) MS. transcript from Royal Dublin Society minutes of School of Drawing in Architecture admissions and prizewinners (in IAA) and Gitta Willemson, The Dublin Society Drawing Schools 1746-1876 (2000), 37 (which makes no mention of architecture); Bland Galland the elder was admitted to the School of Figure Drawing in 1788 and to the School of Landscape and Ornament in 1789.
(2) Information from Jolyon Hudson, Marlborough Rare Books, London, Nov 2012.

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Date: 1832
Nature: Competition entrant? Monument executed to designs by W.V. Morrison.
Refs: Design exh. RHA 1833 (no. 209)

Date: 1832
Nature: Proposed design exhibited (as No. 8), RHA, 1832.
Refs: RHA 1832, no, 253