Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Stone and wood carver, of Belfast, active from the 1890s until the 1920s or later. Born in Belfast on 8 September 1875, Winter, a son of one Robert Winter, was registered as Joseph Edgar Winter, yet his first name is frequently given as James. He became the leading architectural sculptor in Belfast, sometimes working on his own and sometimes with others: he was in partnership with an as yet unidentified sculptor named Thompson circa 1903-1905;(1)  a sculptor named Lockenden worked for the partnership at St Eugene's Cathedral, Derry, circa 1904.(2) 

Winter collaborated with FREDERICK WILLIAM POMEROY  FREDERICK WILLIAM POMEROY on the sculpture on the entrance front pediment of Belfast City Hall circa 1904. He also taught wood-carving at the Belfast Municipal Technical Institute(3) and, according to family tradition, supervised and carried out wood-carving in the Titanic. He died in Belfast on 22 July 1937 and was buried in the City Cemetery two days later.

Addresses: Work: 22 College Street, 1895;  Oxford Street, 1905;(4)  27 Waring Street; 41a May Street, 1906; Shaftesbury Square, 1922->=1926.
Home: Seaview Cottage, Holywood, Co. Down; 20 Seymour Street, Belfast, 1906; St Leonard's, Kinnegar, Holywood, Co. Down, during 1920s; 13 Aigburth Park, Belfast, at time of death.

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists: 20th Century (1996), 719-720, which see for further details.

(1) See IB 46, 27 Feb 1904, 106; a Mr Thompson and a Mr Copeland carved the capitals in the Lady Chapel of Holy Cross Church, Ardoyne, Belfast, circa 1901.
(2) Irish Times, 12 Jan 1905. 
(3) Paul Larmour, The Arts and Crafts Movement in Ireland (1992), 99.
(4) See note 2, above.


21 work entries listed in chronological order for WINTER, JOSEPH (OR JAMES) EDGAR *


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Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, HIGH STREET, NO. 062-68 (NATIONAL BANK)
Date: 1897a
Nature: Carved teak ornament, 'executed in an artistic and spirited manner' (IB). 'Of James Edgar Winter's reputedly fine carved oak doors there now remains no trace'.(Larmour). Architect: William Batt.
Refs: IB 39, 1 Feb 1897, 29; 46, 27 Feb 1904, 106; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 57 (no. 131)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CRUMLIN ROAD, FIRE STATION
Date: 1902
Nature: Arms of Belfast carved by Winter by Larmour. Architects: Young & Mackenzie.
Refs: Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 65 (sub no. 148)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, COLLEGE SQUARE NORTH, NO. 038 (WHITLA MEDICAL INSTITUTE)
Date: 1902
Nature: Carving, with portraits of eminent Belfast physicians, by Winter.
Refs: IB 46, 27 Feb 1904, 106.; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 69 (no. 158); Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993),78

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, TEMPLEMORE AVENUE, NO. 019-35 (BALLYMACARRETT PUBLIC LIBRARY)
Date: 1902-1903
Nature: Stone carving by Winter & Thompson, Oxford St.
Refs: IB 45, 10 Sep 1903, 1960

Building: CO. DOWN, BANGOR, HAMILTON ROAD, DUFFERIN MEMORIAL PAROCHIAL HALL (CI)
Date: 1902-1905
Nature: Carving by J. E. Winter from designs by T (i.e. John?) Vinycomb.
Refs: IB 47, 2 Dec 1905, 870

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL SQUARE EAST, NO. 001-3 (OCEAN BUILDINGS)
Date: 1902a
Nature: 'There are many good grotesques and gargoyles, carved with much spirit by Winter and Thompson'(Brett)
Refs: IB 46, 27 Feb 1904, 106; C.E.B. Brett, Buildings of Belfast (2nd ed., 1985), 71; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 65 (no. 148); Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 116,123(illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ALBERT BRIDGE ROAD, FIRE STATION
Date: 1903
Nature: Arms of Belfast carved by Winter. (Archts: Young & Mackenzie).
Refs: Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 65 (sub no. 148)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL PLACE, NO. 036-38
Date: 1903
Nature: Architectural carving by Winter and Thompson showing Father Time, for Sharman D. Neill, clockmaker.
Refs: IB 46, 27 Feb 1904, 106; C.E.B. Brett, Buildings of Belfast (2nd ed., 1985), 71; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 72 (No. 160); Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 100(illus.),106

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, OXFORD STREET, NO. 006
Date: 1903a
Nature: Architectural carving by Winter & Thompson.
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Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL STREET, ST PATRICK'S CHURCH (RC)
Date: 1904
Nature: Carving by Winter & Thompson (Architects: E. & J. Byrne).
Refs: IB 46, 27 Feb 1904, 106

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NEWTOWNARDS ROAD (BALLYMACARRETT), CHURCH OF ST PATRICK (CI)
Date: 1904
Nature: Carving by JEW.
Refs: IB 46, 27 Feb 1904, 106

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WELLINGTON PLACE (& FOUNTAIN STREET), CRANE & SONS
Date: 1905
Nature: Sculptural ornament.
Refs: Paul Harron, Architects of Ulster: Young & Mackenzie, a transformational provincial practice 1850-1960 (Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, 2016), 85, 256.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FISHERWICK PLACE, PRESBYTERIAN ASSEMBLY BUILDING
Date: 1905a
Nature: External carving around entrances and on ground storey and portrait of John Knox indoors). Other carving by Purdy & Millard.
Refs: C.E.B. Brett, Buildings of Belfast (2nd ed., 1985), 70; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 66 (no.150); Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993),146,171(illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL SQUARE, CITY HALL
Date: 1906a
Nature: Carving in pediment of entrance front. Executed with F.W. Pomeroy, who was responsible for the design.
Refs: IB 46, 27 Feb 1904, 106; C.E.B. Brett, Buildings of Belfast (2nd ed., 1985), 66; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 60 (no. 139)

Building: CO. DOWN, PURDYSBURN, HOSPITAL ROAD, INFECTIOUS DISEASES HOSPITAL
Date: 1906a
Nature: Stone carving by Winter & Thompson.
Refs: Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 108 (No. S11)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, OLDPARK ROAD, CARNEGIE LIBRARY
Date: 1906a
Nature: Carving by Winter.
Refs: Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 69 (no. 157); Brendan Grimes, Irish Carnegie Libraries: a catalogue and architectural history (1998), 210 (illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WELLINGTON PLACE, NO. 001-5 (PRUDENTIAL CHAMBERS)
Date: 1913ca
Nature: Decorative carving of musical instruments and musical females, for Crane & Sons, piano and organ warehousemen.
Refs: Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 334

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CLIFTONVILLE ROAD, NO. 005-017 (BELFAST ROYAL ACADEMY)
Date: 1921
Nature: Entablature and pediment of war memorial designed by Young & Mackenzie carved by JEW.
Refs: Paul Harron, Architects of Ulster: Young & Mackenzie, a transformational provincial practice 1850-1960 (Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, 2016), 360(illus.).

Building: CO. MONAGHAN, SMITHBOROUGH, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1926p
Nature: Monument to the Rev. Arthur Rose (d. 1926).
Refs: Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 534.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, STRANMILLIS ROAD, BELFAST MUNICIPAL MUSEUM & ART GALLERY
Date: 1929A
Nature: Prow of galley on N side of building carved by Winter.
Refs: Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 80 (no. 183)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GROSVENOR ROAD, CHURCH OF ST PHILIP (CI)
Date: ?
Nature: Pulpit carved by Winter.
Refs: