Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of London, for biography of whom see Directory of British Architects 1834-1914 (RIBA 2001), I, 17,Oxford DNB and Macmillan Dictionary of Architects. George Aitchison appears to have made two proposals for an entrance gateway - one in mediaeval Italian palazzo style and one classical - for David Ker of Montalto, near Ballynahinch, Co. Down. The latter proposal was exhibited as 'Design for entrance gates, Ballynahinch, Ireland', at the Royal Academy in 1870. The design is described in The Builder as 'classical, but with novel treatment of panelling and detail,…so very solid that the piers would certainly look hopelessly stumpy in perspective, unless, indeed, they have been a little cooked for the elevation'.(1) According to an article in the Irish Builder which appeared in August 1912, Aitchison 'did some alterations near Dublin very many years ago, but a few years since told the writer that he had quite forgotten the name of the place or exactly where it was, it was so long previously'.(2)


(1) B 28, 21 May 1870, 400; for the mediaeval design see Hugh Dixon, Ulster Architecture 1800-1900 (UAHS, 1972), 16 (nos. 55,56). The drawing does not appear in Graves.
(2) IB 54, 3 Aug 1912, 454.

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Date: 1867ca
Nature: Proposed classical and mediaeval Italian palazzo style gateways, for D.S. Ker, M.P.
Refs: For the classical design seeB 28, 21 May 1870, 400, for the mediaeval see Hugh Dixon, Ulster Architecture 1800-1900 (UAHS, 1972), 16 (no. 55); J.A.K. Dean, The Gate Lodges of Ulster (UAHS, 1994), 83 (no. 232, illus.)