Sydney Smirke

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Sydney Smirke, 1860s

Sydney Smirke
Born20 December 1797[1]
London, England
Died8 December 1877 (aged 79)
AwardsRIBA Royal Gold Medal
BuildingsThe circular reading room at the British Museum

Sydney Smirke RA FGS FSA (20 December 1797 – 8 December 1877) was a British architect.

Smirke who was born in London, England as the fifth son of painter Robert Smirke and his wife, Elizabeth Russell.[2] He was the younger brother of Sir Robert Smirke and Sir Edward Smirke, who was also an architect. Their sister Mary Smirke was a noted painter and translator.[2]

He received the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in 1860. He became an associate of the Royal Academy in 1847 and was elected a full Academician in 1859. He served as RA Treasurer from 1861 to 1874, and was professor of Architecture from 1860 to 1865.

Personal life[edit]

He married Isabella Dobson, daughter of Newcastle upon Tyne architect John Dobson on 8 December 1840 at Newcastle upon Tyne.[3]

Among Smirke's numerous apprentices was the successful York architect George Fowler Jones.

Smirke's works[edit]

Sydney Smirke's works include:

Lower Sandgate Road, Folkestone, with Tollhouse (1847) by Sidney Smirke


  1. ^ England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
  2. ^ a b "Smirke, Sydney (1798–1877), architect". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/25764. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ Burke, Edmund (1842). "The Annual Register of World Events: A Review of the Year".
  4. ^ Historic England. "Old Town Hall (1027866)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Customs House (1325530)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  6. ^ "CUSTOM HOUSE AND ATTACHED REAR AREA WALL AND PIERS, Non Civil Parish - 1282153 | Historic England".
  7. ^ Historic England. "York Minster (1257222)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Sir Robert Smirke and Sydney Smirke in Cumbria - Visit Cumbria".
  9. ^ Darlington, Ida (1955). "'Bethlem Hospital (Imperial War Museum)', in Survey of London: Volume 25, St George's Fields (The Parishes of St. George the Martyr Southwark and St. Mary Newington)". London: British History Online. pp. 76–80. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  10. ^ Historic England. "Parish Church of St Mary (1337290)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  11. ^ "British Museum - Reading Room".
  12. ^ "Toll House – Lower Sandgate Road – Folkestone, Kent UK". 4 January 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2013.

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