Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

English architect and landscape-gardener, for whom see Howard Colvin, A Biographical dictionary of British architects 1600-1840 (3rd edn., 1995), 1031-2. John Webb, who was based in Yorkshire, was widely employed as a landscape-gardener in England in the first quarter of the nineteenth century. He was also consulted about the design of at least three demesnes in Ireland: at Shanbally, Co. Tipperary, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, and Ballyfin, Co. Laois.

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Date: 1801a
Nature: 'The gardens are in the antique style and extensive, but, from the elegant taste Mr and Mrs Pole [i.e. Mr & Mrs William Wellesley-Pole?] have already displayed in the late improvements which have been most successfully executed by Mr Webb, so well known and his abilities so justly esteemed in this county, we may expect in a little time, to see Ballyfin unrivalled in improvements.'(Coote)
Refs: Sir Charles Coote, Statistical Survey of Queen's County (1801), 118

Date: 1819ca
Nature: Design of grounds, for 1st Viscount Lismore.
Refs: Keith Lamb & Patrick Bowe, A History of Gardening in Ireland (National Botanic Gardens, 1995), 40 (citing diary of Daniel Beaufort, 1818-1820, p. 75, in Trinity College Dublin Library)

Date: 1823p?
Nature: Design of grounds (for George, 3rd Earl of Kingston?). 'It [Mitchelstown Castle] stands…on the bare turf, without the lightest picturesque break, which castles in the Gothic or kindred styles peculiarly need; and the inconsiderable park possessed neither a handsome group of trees nor a prospect worth describing.'(Pückler Muskau)
Refs: Keith Lamb & Patrick Bowe, A History of Gardening in Ireland (National Botanic Gardens, 1995), 40 (citing NLI MS 3275); Tour by a German Prince (1832), II, 22).