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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Francis Fowke
Designation: Architect
Born: 7 July 1823
Died: 4 December 1865
Bio Notes: Captain Frances Fowke was born in Ballysillan on 7 July 1823 and educated at Dungannon College. He entered the Royal Military College in 1839, was commissioned in the Royal Engineers in 1842, and served in Bermuda. He first came to notice in 1854 when he was put in charge of the machinery at the Exposition Universelle of 1855. This resulted in him being appointed first inspector in the Department of Science and Art in 1857 and then its architect and engineer. In that capacity he designed the Royal Scottish Museum in 1858. Although alternative High Renaissance elevations were proposed by Robert Matheson, Fowke's Early Renaissance scheme was implemented as he designed and built it under Matheson's supervision.

Fowke died in London on 4 December 1865.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Ballysillan, Belfast, Northern IrelandPrivate1823 Place of birth
Item 2 of 2London, EnglandBusinessBefore 18601865 

Employment and Training

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 1Thomas Verityc. 1860Before 1870Assistant 

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 11857Edinburgh Industrial Museum  EdinburghScotlandOriginal design (central and eastern sections built)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Grove Dictionary of Art Grove Dictionary of Art  Article by John Physick


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