Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

John Babington was admitted to the Dublin Society's School of Architectural Drawing on 25 May 1780.(1) On 1 March 1781 it was reported that he and a number of other students had 'committed a riot in which they had broke down the door of the Figure School and otherwise had greatly misbehaved'. Babington was suspended. On 3 May 1781 he petitioned the Society for the suspension to be lifted, 'promising to be particularly careful to behave well for the future'. He was duly reinsstated, and on 20 December 1781 won a medal for practical geometry.(2) A John H. Babington was admitted a Freeman of the City of Dublin as a member of the Guild of Bricklayers by virtue of birth at Easter 1790.(3)


(1) MS. transcript from Royal Dublin Society minutes of School of Architectural Drawing admissions and prizewinners (in IAA).
(2) John Turpin, A School of Art in Dublin since the Eighteenth Century (1995), 30.
(3) 'An alphabetical list of the Freemen of the City of Dublin, 1774-1824', The Irish Ancestor XV (1983), Nos. 1 & 2, 15.