Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Plasterer, of Dublin. Edward Semple was admitted a Freeman of the City of Dublin in 1744 as a member of the Plasterers' Guild by virtue of service with GEORGE SEMPLE[2]. GEORGE SEMPLE[2]. (1) He worked with Hugh Kelly on the House of Commons and House of Lords in 1749-1751,(2) and Craig records that 'Edward Simple' executed the rococo plasterwork on the staircase of Trinity College library, circa 1750.(3) In 1753 he is named as the lessor of No. 15 South Frederick Street to a Mr White. The lease mentions marble chimneypieces, carved architraves and mouldings.(4)    According to Casey, he was employed by the Earl of Charlemont during the 1760s and probably worked at Charlemont House.(5)

See also EDWARD SEMPLE [2]  EDWARD SEMPLE [2] who may be the same person.


(1) C.P. Curran, Dublin Decorative Plasterwork of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (1967), 101.
(2) Curran, op. cit., 105.
(3) M. Craig, Dublin 1660-1860 (1952), 95.
(4) Curran, op. cit., 58.
(5) Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 149.