Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Archibald Sloane, who had earlier been a student in the Dublin Society's School of Landscape and Ornament, was admitted to the Society's School of Drawing in Architecture on 13 April 1769 and was awarded a premium on 27 April. He appears to have been readmitted on 22 February 1770 and to have won another premium on 17 May 1770.(1)

It is not clear how this Archibald Sloane relates to the Archibald Sloane (d. 1796), manufacturer of oilcloth carpets, who is the subject of an article entitled 'An old city handicraft' by 'Fingal' (the pseudonym of his grandson JOHN SWAN SLOANE JOHN SWAN SLOANE ) in the Irish Builder of 1882.(2) According to the article, this Archibald Sloane, who set up shop in Dublin in 1760 and married in 1777, was presented with the freedom of the city in a gold box in 1778. This information does not tally with the printed list of men admitted to the Freedom between 1774 and 1824 which contains two Archibald Sloanes: the first admitted at Michaelmas 1780 by virtue of service as a member of the Painters' Guild, the second at Easter 1801 by virtue of service as a member of the Carpenters' Guild.(3) John Swan Sloane states in a later contribution to the same volume of te Irish Builder that No 164 Parnell Street was built in 1786 or 1787 'in accordance with my grandfather's plans and the style of shop fronts then coming into fashion'.(4)


(1) MS. transcript from Royal Dublin Society minutes of School of Drawing in Architecture admissions and prizewinners (in IAA); Gitta Willemson, The Dublin Society Drawing Schools 1746-1876 (2000), 89.
(2) IB 24, 1 Jan 1882, 9-10.
(3) 'An alphabetical list of the Freemen of the City of Dublin, 1774-1824', The Irish Ancestor XV (1983), Nos. 1 & 2, 109,113.
(4) IB 24, 1 Oct 1882, 288.

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Date: 1786/7
Nature: Built to desgn of Archibald Sloane (d.1796), 'in accordance with...the style of shop front then coming into fashion'.
Refs: IB 24, 1 Oct 1882, 288