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

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

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 lifeEdit

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 worksEdit

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". doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001 (inactive 13 September 2019).
  3. ^ Burke, Edmund (1842). "The Annual Register of World Events: A Review of the Year".
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  7. ^ Historic England. "Parish Church of St Mary (1337290)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  8. ^ "British Museum - Reading Room".
  9. ^ "Toll House – Lower Sandgate Road – Folkestone, Kent UK". 4 January 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2013.

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