Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of 19 South Anne Street, Dublin, listed as such in Wilson's Dublin Directory from 1796 until 1837 and in the Post Office Dublin Directory for 1839; he has disappeared from the directories by 1841. He is also listed in Pigot & Co.'s City of Dublin and Hibernian Provincial Directory (1824). He was almost certainly one of the sons of FRANCIS SANDYS[1] FRANCIS SANDYS[1] , who appears at the same address in Wilson's Dublin Directory for 1794 and 1795. 'H', writing of Francis Sandys[1] in the Irish Builder in 1878 states that he 'left a son or relative after his death, who continued for several years in the practice of his profession in Dublin'.(1)

Robert Sandys appears to have visited Italy in 1793.(2) A person of this name was in Florence in in March and April 1793, making watercolour copies in the Uffizi, and in the same year an artist described as 'Sandys - landscape' was recorded as sharing an apartment in Rome with FRANCIS SANDYS [2]  FRANCIS SANDYS [2] and the Scottish landscape painter Jacob More.

A Robert Sandys was married to Elizabeth Warren in St Werburgh's church in 1776;(3) another was admitted a freeman of the City of Dublin as a member of the Merchants' Guild by virtue of birth at Easter, 1778.(4)

A photograph of a somewhat naif late-eighteenth-century perspective view of Tullynally, Co. Westmeath, signed by Robert Sandys, is in the Irish Architectural Archive.


(1) IB 20, 15 May 1878, 146.
(2) John Ingamells, ed., A Dictionary of British and Irish travellers in Italy 1701-1800 (1997), 841.
(3) Rev. S.C. Hughes, The Church of S. Werburgh, Dublin (1889), 115.
(4) 'An alphabetical list of the Freemen of the City of Dublin, 1774-1824', The Irish Ancestor XV (1983), Nos. 1 & 2, 113.