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By Gary Nisbet
Robert Wallace
(c. 1789-1874)
A London based architect, Robert Wallace was a pupil of Joseph Henry Good, and studied at the Royal Academy Shools in 1813. His office was in Parliament Street, Westminster.

He entered a number of prestigious competitions, including the Athenaeum, Derby, which was his first important commission (1835-9). He also competed against Glasgow's David Hamilton in the competition for the Houses of Parliament, London.

Wallace was the brother of Mrs Mary Anne Lockhart in Glasgow, for whom he designed the colossal, Gothic Lockhart Monument for the Necropolis, which was produced by the Mossmans (1842-5, section: Delta).

Now badly damaged, with parts of its figures and stonework broken off and lying on the ground about it, the monument was worked on by John Mossman and his brother William Mossman II early in 1845.

Writing to their brother George on 16 March 1845, William reported that:

Nothing particular has occurred since you left us, except getting the Gothic monument to do [which] we expect to have entirely finished next month. I think John has been pretty happy with the figures they are somewhat in the German style, simple, and feeling in the whole that it will be the most important monument in the Necropolis.

Wallace's architectural work in Scotland includes Cloncaird Castle, Ayrshire (1818); and Ayr County Buildings (c. 1820).

He exhibited at the RA between 1809 and 1838, and was elected a Fellow of the Institute of British Architects, in 1835.

Retiring in 1849, he moved to Turnbridge Wells, where he died on 11 February, 1874.

Sources:

  • Hunterian Art Gallery: MS Gen: 551/36, Letter from William Mossman II to George Mossman, 16 March, 1845
  • Blair, p. 57
  • Welch (ill.)
  • Woodward
  • Stoddart
  • Williamson et al.
  • McKenzie (2002) , p. 458 (ill.)
  • BAL RIBA , Vol 2, 1834-1914
  • Howard Colvin (1978) A Biographical Dictionary Of British Architects 1600-1840, pp. 861-2

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