Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer. William Robert Powell, son of Edward Powell, was born in Co. Wicklow and admitted to Trinity College at the age of nineteen in 1842, graduating with a BA and a Diploma in Civil Engineering in 1847.(1) It appears that while he was at Trinity he also studied at the Royal Dublin Society's School of Landscape and Ornament Drawing, to which he was admitted in 1845.(2) He may be the W.R. Powell of 2 Windsor Hill, Newry, who exhibited 'A Ground Plan of the 'Dublin and Belfast Junction Railway' with Elevations of the principal Bridges, Viaducts, &c.' at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1852 (no. 343).


(1) G.D. Burtchaell & T.U. Sadleir, eds., Alumni Dublinenses (1935), 678; R.C. Cox, compiler, Trinity College School of Engineering: 'Graduates' in Engineering 1843-1992 (1993), unpaginated.
(2) Gitta Willemson, The Dublin Society Drawing Schools 1746-1876 (2000), 80.