Basic Biographical Details

Name: William George Robert Sprague
Designation: Architect
Born: 6 September 1863
Died: 1933
Bio Notes: William George Robert Sprague was born at Ballarat East, Victoria, Australia on 7 September 1863. He was articled to Frank Matcham from 1879 to 1883, and subsequently assisted in the office of Thomas Walter Lawrence Emden until 1886 when he appears to have commenced practice on his own account, becoming a distinguished theatre specialist. Around 1889 he took his assistant Bertie Crewe into partnership; the partnership was dissolved c.1896.

Sprague later practised in partnership with William Henry Barton, from 1927. He died at Maidenhead in 1933.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2London, EnglandBusiness   
Item 2 of 2Maidenhead, Berkshire, EnglandPrivate(?)1933 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Frank Matcham18791883Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Thomas Walter Laurence Emden18831886Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Sprague & Crewec. 1889c. 1896Partner 

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 3Bertie CreweBefore 1889Before 1889Assistant(?) 
Item 2 of 3George Farquharc. December 1896c. March 1899Assistant 
Item 3 of 3David MilneAfter 1902Before 1908Assistant 

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 11890Paisley TheatrePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Country Life21 August 2013CCVII, no 34 pp42-43