Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ernest George & Peto
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1876
Ended: 1892
Bio Notes: Ernest George was born in Southwark, London on 13 June 1839 and articled to the London architect Samuel Hewitt 1856-60. In 1857 he entered the Royal Academy Schools, winning its Gold Medal in 1859. For a few months in 1860-61 he was in the office of William Allen Boulnois before embarking on a sketching tour in France and Germany and setting up practice with another Royal Academy Schools student, Thomas Vaughan, born c. 1839, who had won three silver medals there. Vaughan died in 1874 and in 1876 George entered into a second partnership with Harold Ainsworth Peto, born at Somerleyton, Suffolk on 11 June 1854, son of Samuel Peto, railway contractor. Peto had originally trained as a joiner with Lucas Brothers, builders, before joining the office of John Louth Clemence at Lowestoft for one year and Karslake & Mortimer for two years. After a study tour of Italy, Germany and France he briefly worked with his brothers' contracting firm, Peto Brothers, from 1875. Thereafter the practice was remarkably successful in part through Peto's connections.

Ill health obliged Peto to withdraw from the partnership in 1892, although he went on to establish an equally important independent reputation as an architect of gardens. He died in 1933.

Following Peto's retirement, Sir Ernest George formed a partnership with Alfred Bowman Yeates in 1893. He retired in 1919 and died on 15 December 1922.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 118, Maddox Street, London W, EnglandBusiness1892 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 21Ernest George18761892Partner 
Item 2 of 21Harold Ainsworth Peto18761892Partner 
Item 3 of 21William LeckAfter 18771889(?)Assistant 
Item 4 of 21John Bradshaw Gass18781880Assistant 
Item 5 of 21Herbert Read18781881Apprentice 
Item 6 of 21Herbert Read18811882Clerk 
Item 7 of 21William Laidlaw Carruthers18811883Assistant 
Item 8 of 21Arnold Bidlake Mitchell1883Before 1884Assistant 
Item 9 of 21Herbert Read1883December 1887Chief Assistant 
Item 10 of 21James Ransome18841887Apprentice 
Item 11 of 21(Sir) Edward Guy Dawber1886 *   
Item 12 of 21Robert Weir Schultz18861888  
Item 13 of 21(Sir) Herbert Baker18861890ImproverLater assistant
Item 14 of 21James Ransome18871888Assistant 
Item 15 of 21Edwin Landseer Lutyens1887c. 1889ApprenticeUnder Herbert Baker
Item 16 of 21Francis William Bedford18871890Assistant 
Item 17 of 21Herbert Hardy Wigglesworth1 March 18891892Assistant 
Item 18 of 21Erskine Seaton Cummings1892   
Item 19 of 21Dan Gibson18921893Assistant 
Item 20 of 21David William KennedyEarly 1892 Assistant 
Item 21 of 21John James JoassSeptember 1893June 1894Assistant 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 41878House on Crown LandsInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 2 of 41879House for J T Mackenzie of KintailLoch Dinch Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 3 of 41883Limekilns Parish ChurchLimekilns FifeScotlandDesigned pulpit (made by Mitchell & Kinghorn)
Item 4 of 4189329 Moray Place  EdinburghScotlandInternal alterations including new jacobethan and early C18th style ground floor rooms. New three storey semi-circular bay window added to rear along with rear extensions

References

Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.