Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Builder, of 5 James's Street East, Dublin, listed as such in the directories from 1832 until at least 1857. In the Post Office Directory for 1853 a residential address at Park House, Baldoyle, is also given. Marquis was living in retirement here by 1863.

According to Strickland, George Marquis was a native of Scotland.(1) He married Margaret, who appears to have been a daughter of GEORGE WILDRIDGE [2] GEORGE WILDRIDGE [2] , on 21 February 1822(2) and had at least two sons, the best known of whom was the landscape painter James Richard Marquis.(3)  Another son, George Wildridge Marquis, was admitted to the Royal Dublin Society's School of Drawing in Architecture on 26 February 1846 and won a premium the following year.(4) The William Marquis who won a premium at the Royal Dublin Society's School of Drawing in Architecture in 1835, was presumably also related, possibly another son.(5)  George Wildridge Marquis entered the Valuation Office and by 1863 was living with his father and brother James at Park House, Baldoyle.

A 'George Marquis, Esq., Mary-street' was a subscriber to William Stitt's The Practical Architect's Ready Assistant; or Builder's Complete Companion (Dublin, 1819).



All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the Post Office Dublin Directory for 1832,1839,1844,1853, and 1857, from Wilson's Dublin Directory for 1835 and 1836, Pettigrew & Oulton's Dublin Almanac for 1847 and Thom's Directory for 1863.

(1) W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), II, 103 (entry on James Richard Marquis).
(2) Information from Alfonso P. Duncan, May 2011, citing http://churchrecords.irishgenealogy.ie (last visited, May 2011) .
(3) George Marquis himself had exhibited a view of 'Fairy Mount, County of Roscommon, seat of Edward Mills, Esq.' at the Irish Society of Arts, Dublin, in 1812; whether this was an architectural design or not is not clear.
(4) MS. transcript from Royal Dublin Society minutes of School of Architectural Drawing admissions and prizewinners (in IAA) and Royal Dublin Society minutes (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc. 2008/44).
(5) He may be the Dublin-born William Marquis who is recorded in the English census of 1881 as a sixty-year-old widowed civil engineer, living in Kirkdale, Lancashire.