Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Gardener and landscape architect. Matthew Peters is said to have been born in Belfast or the Isle of Wight in 1711 and to have been trained in England by his uncle William Love, who was head gardener to the first Viscount Cobham at Stowe. He came to Ireland in about 1742 and opened a seedsman's business in Capel Street, Dublin. He also designed and laid out gardens and estates, as he advertised in Faulkner's Journal for 11-14 October 1746 and December 1748.  By 1753 he was working for the Navigation Board as an assistant on the Shannon Navigation scheme but by 1756 he had found employment at Marino, Co. Dublin, where a walled fruit and vegetable garden was being developed for the Earl of Charlemont, then resident in London, under the supervision of the earl's stepfather, THOMAS ADDERLEY.& THOMAS ADDERLEY.& #160; Peters was consulted about the building of walls suitable for training fruit trees and a stove, and was sent by the earl to visit various English gardens to investigate the techniques of fruit growing being used in them.  Despite this, his employment at Marino seems to have been terminated by Adderley in the same year. 

When Peters left Ireland is not known, but by 1769 he was living with his son by the first of his two marriages, the painter Matthew William Peters (1741-1814), in London. Soon afterwards he appears to have moved to Freshwater on the Isle of Wight.   During the 1770s he published a number of works on agriculture.   A mezzotint portrait, engraved by John Murphy in 1778 after a portrait of Peters by his son, bears the the inscription 'Matthew Peters of Freshwater, Isle of Wight, Member of the Dublin Society and author of several treatises on tillage and agriculture'

See also - PETERS. PETERS.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), II, 229, Ray Desmond, Dictionary of British & Irish Botanists and Horticulturalists (1994), 548-9, and Ruth Musielak (ed. Rose Anne White),Charlemont's Marino: portrait of a landscape (Dublin: Office of Public Works, 2014),27-30, which reproduces the mezzotint portrait of Peters.

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Nature: MP consulted about building of stove and walks for 2nd Earl of Charlemont.
Refs: Ray Desmond, Dictionary of British & Irish Botanists and Horticulturalists (1994), 549