Cuvillie, John Baptiste

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Dates Active in Dublin: 

c. 1697–1728


Also known as Cavillie, Covillie, Culville, Cuvilly.

Cuvillie came to Dublin as an assistant of Renatus Harris c. 1697, having formerly worked with Harris at Norwich Cathedral in 1693. Information on his background is lacking, although his name indicates a French origin. Nevertheless, his name does not occur in records of Hugenot families in Dublin.

Following his death in 1728 his widow Mary was given financial assistance by the dean and chapter of St Patrick's Cathedral to enable her to send her son to 'apprentice to a protestant tradesman' (Grindle). This was apparently either the John Baptiste Cuvillie who was admitted a freeman of the city as painter and apprentice of John Tomlinson in 1726, or the James Cuvillie admitted freeman as a painter and apprentice of John Wotton in 1738 (Boydell, 'The Organ of Trinity College Chapel, Dublin'). A John Baptiste Cuvillie, 'house painter', is also listed in the Dublin Directories.

[Details differ according to sources: Grindle states that Cuvillie maintained the organ of St Fin Barre's from 1711 but Caulfield states he carried out the work in 1712.]

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Built or Enlarged

  • Organ: St Patrick's Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral, 1697–98 [assisting Renatus Harris] (Boydell, 'St Michan's')
  • Organ: Christ Church Cathedral organ, 1698 [additions to stops]
  • Organ: Trinity College Dublin, c. 1700–01 [Chair added, 1705–06] (Holmes and Boydell 'St Michan's)
  • Organ: St Fin Barre's Cathedral organ, Cork, 1710–11 (Boyell Calendar)
  • Organ: St Colman's Cathedral Cloyne, 1713 [additions 1718] (Boydell, Calendar)
  • Organ: St Mary's Church, 1713 (Boydell, 'St Michan's')
  • Organ: St Peter's Church, 1713 (Boydell, 'St Michan's')
  • Organ: St Michan's Church, 1724–25 (Flood and Boydell, Calendar)
  • Maintained

  • Organ: Christ Church Cathedral, 1698–1728 [new Harris/(Cuvillie) organ] (Boydell, Calendar)
  • Organ: Trinity College Dublin, 1700–?
  • Organ: St Patrick's Cathedral, early-eighteenth century (Grindle)
  • Organ: St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork, 1712 (Caulfield)
  • Organ: St Colman's Cathedral, Cloyne, 1713–28 (Grindle)
  • Organ: St Canice's Cathedral, 1719–28 (Grindle)
  • Repaired

  • Organ: Trinity College Dublin, 1698–99 (Holmes)
  • Organ: St Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny, 1704 (Grindle), 1710 (Boydell, Calendar)
  • Last Update: 17-02-2017