Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect or architectural draughtsman, of Dublin, who signed an undated plan and elevation of the 'Duke's Lodge' (the entrance to the Vice-Regal Lodge) in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, which is in the Irish Architectural Archive.(1) The slightly gauche drawing is largely similar to the gate as it was executed in 1807, but it seems unlikely that the design originated with the otherwise unknown Dowling.(2)

A Michael Dowling was admitted to the Dublin Society's School of Landscape and Ornament in 1799(3) and a Matthew Dowling was admitted a Freeman of Dublin as a member of the Bricklayers' Guild by virtue of birth at Michaelmas 1804.(4)


(1) Guinness Collection, Acc. 96/068.5/10.
(2) J.A.K. Dean has pointed out (in conversation) the similarity of this gateway with lodges to the gateway to Caledon, Co. Tyrone, designed by John Nash, arguing that in 1807 Nash was working at Goodwood for the 4th Duke of Richmond, who was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland the same year. David Griffin however feels that the design is more likely to be by Francis Johnston.
(3) Gitta Willemson, The Dublin Society Drawing Schools 1746-1876 (2000), 27.
(4) 'An alphabetical list of the Freemen of the City of Dublin, 1774-1824', The Irish Ancestor XV (1983), Nos. 1 & 2, 42. .

1 work entries listed in chronological order for DOWLING, M.

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Date: 1807ca
Nature: Undated plan and elevation signed 'M. Dowling'.
Refs: IAA, Guinness Collection, Acc. 96/68