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Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Devey
Designation: Architect
Born: 23 February 1820
Died: 4 November 1886
Bio Notes: George Devey was born in London on 23 February 1820, the survivor of twins born to Frederick Devey and his wife Ann Egg, who was Swiss. While Devey's father was a city solicitor in Dorset Street, the Devey family were well off brass-founders, while the Eggs were gun makers. George was educated at Stanmore and King's College School where he took drawing classes under John Sell Cotman, followed by classes from James Duffield Harding after he left school. This picturesque style of architectural drawing was to influence the 'Old English' character of Devey's architecture but his practical training was with Thomas Little 1837-46, followed by a tour of Italy. On his return he commenced independent practice, assisting Thomas Little part-time in the first few years. An introduction from a client of his father's, the Rev George richard Boissier, to Lord de L'Isle inaugurted his career as a country house architect which was to rival that of Burn. Devey's practice in Scotland arose from an introduction to the Duke of Sutherland from his cousin Lord Granville.

Devey was elected Fellow of the RIBA on 15 December 1856, his proposers being T Bellamy, J Thomson and G Pownall. He died of bronchitis 4 November 1886 following an extended business trip to Ireland in connection with Kenmore, Dunraven Castle and Adare.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Dorset Place, Kentish Town, London, EnglandPrivate1820 Place of birth
Item 2 of 316, Great Marlborough Street, London, EnglandBusiness1856  
Item 3 of 3Ely Place, Holborn, London, EnglandPrivate1856  

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Arthur CastingsAfter 18681886Chief Draughtsman 
Item 2 of 2Percy Richard Morley Horder1890s(?) Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Bellamy15 December 1856for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3George Pownall15 December 1856for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3James Thomson15 December 1856for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Percy Goddard Stone28 February 1881for Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect 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 91858Big BarnsDunrobin, Strathsteven SutherlandScotlandConversion from four picturesque Tudor cottages to one house
Item 2 of 91858Tower LodgeGolspie SutherlandScotlandAdditions to earlier cottage
Item 3 of 91859Dornoch CastleDornoch SutherlandScotlandAdvised William Fowler on reconstruction as a dewlling for Sheriff of Sutherland
Item 4 of 91859Moray HouseGolspie SutherlandScotland 
Item 5 of 91860Strathpeffer, LayoutStrathpeffer Ross and CromartyScotlandLayout
Item 6 of 91861Dunrobin Mains, Fishermans BothyGolspie SutherlandScotland 
Item 7 of 91861House at Loch Ba for the Duke of ArgyllLoch Ba ArgyllScotland 
Item 8 of 91862Sheriff's HouseInveraray ArgyllScotland 
Item 9 of 91873Macharioch House  ArgyllScotlandRebuilding, gatelodge, stables and kennels


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Allibone, Jill1991George Devey, Architect 1820-86   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder20 November 1886  Obituary
Item 2 of 3Building News12 November 1886  Obituary
Item 3 of 3The Times23 November 1886  Obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F v2, p174 (microfiche 80/D4)


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