Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Dublin. Leslie Harold Bryson, third son of A.S. Bryson of 15 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin, was born on 11 May 1917. He was educated at the High School, Dublin, from 1928 to 1930, and at Wesley College, Dublin, from 1931 to 1933.(1) He started his architectural formation in the office of HIGGINBOTHAM & HIGGINBOTHAM & amp; STAFFORD  STAFFORD and then moved to the office of JOSEPH VINCENT DOWNES JOSEPH VINCENT DOWNES . He became a probationer of the RIAI in 1938 and in 1939 won the the Institute's annual prize for the best set of drawings submitted as intermediate testimonies of study. A canoeing enthusiast, he was killed in a canoeing accident in Dublin Bay on 25 May 1940. His obituarist in the RIAI Year Book (1941) noted that he 'showed considerable talent in water-colour drawing and modelling and, although at the time of his death he was hardly beyond the experimental stage in these arts, he had done enough to show that he had that wide scope of artistry which has so often distinguished the 'complete architect' in the past.'(2)


(1) Letters to Jones from Secretary of High School, 3 Sep 1968, and Headmaster of Wesley College, 9 Sep 1968 in Jones file, B167.
(2) Obituary in JRIAI (1941), 12.