- Born: Cal 1765, Restowrick, St Dennis, Cornwall 2
- Christened: 18 Feb 1765, St Dennis, Cornwall 3
- Marriage: Mary Hubert in 1789 in St Martin In The Fields, London 1
- Died: 28 Dec 1825
- Buried: 7 Jan 1826, Richmond St Mary, Surrey 4
I am for now assuming the portrait to be of Thomas Cundy the elder but with George Francis Joseph living from 1769 to 1846 it is possible that it is his son.
Thomas Cundy, the elder (1765 \endash 28 December 1825) was born in Restowrick, St Dennis, Cornwall. He trained as an architect in Plymouth before starting in practice in Pimlico, London. In 1821 he was appointed surveyor to the Grosvenor family's London estates and was involved in the initial stages of the development of Belgravia and Bloomsbury. He also designed a number of country houses in a picturesque Gothic style. He had three sons: Thomas (1790-1867, an architect), James (1793\endash 1826, a mason); and Joseph (1795\endash 1875, an architect and builder).
See entries for Thomas Cundy (snr and junior) at :
CUNDY, THOMAS, the elder (1765\endash 1825), architect and builder, eldest son of Peter Cundy of Restowrick House, St. Dennis, Cornwall, and Thomasine Wilcocks, his wife, was baptised at St. Dennis 18 Feb. 1765, and belonged to an ancient family, of which the main branch was long seated at Sandwich in Kent. Cundy left his home early, and after being apprenticed to a builder at Plymouth, at the age of twenty-one came to London to seek his fortune there. By his unremitting industry he overcame all difficulties, and establishing himself as an architect and builder in Ranelagh Street, Pimlico, secured extensive employment in that capacity in London and all parts of the country. At the age of twenty-eight he was employed as clerk of the works at Normanton Park, under Mr. S. P. Cockerell, upon whose retirement he was retained by Sir Gilbert Heathcote to complete the alterations in progress. He then commenced business as an architect and builder. He soon made a reputation for himself, and after being largely patronised by influential people, he was in 1821 appointed surveyor to Earl Grosvenor's London estates. Among the important buildings which Cundy either built or made extensive alterations in were Middleton Park and Osterley for the Earl of Jersey, Tottenham Park, Hawarden Castle, Burton Constable, Sion House and Northumberland House, Wytham in Oxfordshire, and many others. He exhibited several designs for these and other buildings at the Royal Academy. Cundy died 28 Dec. 1825, in his sixty-first year. In 1789 he married, at St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, Mary Hubert of Abingdon Street, Westminster, by whom he was the father of seven sons, the eldest of whom, Thomas [q. v.], succeeded him. James Cundy, his second son, born in 1792, entered the schools of the Royal Academy as a sculptor. In 1817 he exhibited at the British Institution a group of 'Eve supplicating Adam,' and in 1818, at the same place, 'The Judgment of Paris.' In May 1826 he unfortunately met with a carriage accident in Waterloo Place, from the effects of which he died, leaving by Mary Tansley, his wife, a son, Samuel Cundy, who was of some note as a modeller and mason, and was employed on the restorations at Westminster Abbey, St. Albans Abbey, and elsewhere. He died in 1866, aged about 50. Joseph Cundy (1795\endash 1875), third son of Thomas Cundy the elder, was also well known as a speculative architect and builder in Belgravia, and was father of Thomas Syson Cundy, the well-known surveyor to the Fountaine-Wilson-Montagu estates in the north of England. Nicholas Wilcocks Cundy, born 1778, a younger brother of Thomas Cundy the elder, was distinguished as a civil engineer, and as the projector of a ship canal from Portsmouth to London and one of the four competing schemes for the London and Brighton railway. He also designed the Pantheon in Oxford Street. He married Miss Stafford-Cooke, and unsuccessfully contested the borough of Sandwich.
[Information from Mr. Thomas Cundy; Redgrave's Dict. of Artists; Graves's Dict. of Artists, 1760\endash 1880; Builder, 1867, pp. 464, 607; Catalogues of the British Institution, Royal Academy, &c.]
He resided in 1810 in Pimlico, London. 5 6
He resided in 1826 in Pimlico, London. 7
Thomas married Mary Hubert, daughter of Henry Hubert and Hannah Styles, in 1789 in St Martin In The Fields, London.1 (Mary Hubert was born on 22 Oct 1766, christened on 9 Nov 1766 8 and was buried on 12 Dec 1840 in South Metropolitan Cemetery, London 9.)