Basic Biographical Details

Name: Gilbert Robert Blount
Designation: Architect
Born: 1818 or 1819
Died: 13 November 1876
Bio Notes: Gilbert Robert Blount was born in 1818 or 1819 into an old Roman Catholic family. He trained as a civil engineer with Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859), then worked in the office of Sydney Smirke (1799-1877). Blount practised in London, and became architect to Cardinal Wiseman. He was elected a Fellow of the RIBA on 30 November 1857, and died at Montagu Place on 13 November 1876, his former pupil and assistant Alfred Edward Purdie taking over his practice thereafter.

In his obituary in the RIBA Transactions he was described as a 'gentleman of very courteous manners'.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 11 Montagu Place, Montagu Square, London W, EnglandBusiness(?)Before 18681876 

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Isambard Kingdom Brunel  Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Sydney Smirke  Assistant 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Alfred Edward Purdiec. 18581863Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Alfred Edward Purdie18631875Assistant 

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 11868Franciscan Church and FriaryHutchesontown GlasgowScotlandFriary


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Architects Engineers and Building Trades Directory1868Architect's, Engineer's and Building Trades' Directory London, Wyman 
Item 2 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914  See entry for further sources.

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Transactions1877 or 7800s  p11, Obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F v3 (missing)