Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

English architect, of Norwich, for whom see Howard Colvin, A Biographical dictionary of British architects 1600-1840 (3rd edn., 1995), 157-8. A letter dated 10 January 1755 from Brettingham to Ralph Howard (1727-1789), future Viscount Wicklow, refers to the 'plan and elevation that I had the honour to make for you'.(1) It seems most likely that this proposal was for Howard's seat at Shelton Abbey, Co. Wicklow. Brettingham had newly returned to England from Rome, where he lived between 1748 and 1754, acting as a dealer in paintings and antique sculpture. Howard presumably made his acquaintance when he visited the city in 1752.(2)

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(1) Walpole Society 49 (1983), 101(E.McP).
(2) See John Ingamells, ed., A Dictionary of British and Irish travellers in Italy 1701-1800 (1997), 121-2,528-30.

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Date: 1755a
Nature: MB designs plan and elevation of unspecified house (but presumably Shelton Abbey) for Ralph Howard.
Refs: Letter from MB to Ralph Howard, 10 Jan 1755, published in