Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Thomas Wimperis
Designation: Architect
Born: 1829
Died: 21 December 1904
Bio Notes: John Thomas Wimperis was born in 1829 and commenced practice in London some time before 1866. About 1870 he was commissioned to begin the progressive enlargement of Invercauld for ____ Farquharson, which was completed in 1875, and from that year onwards he was particularly associated with the Grosvenor Estate in London, initially speculatively for Mark Patrick & Sons, builders. He was admitted FRIBA on 19 February 1877, his proposers being Thomas Cundy, Charles Henry Cooke and Raphael Brandon, for some or all of whom he may have worked: his nomination paper gives no details. In 1887 he was appointed one of the Grosvenor Estate's approved architects, and in that capacity was the selected by the Earl of Aberdeen to design a house at 27 Grosvenor Square, the Earl's original intention to have it designed in his own estate office having been vetoed by the Duke of Westminster. Although Wimperis and the Earl remained on good terms he does not seem to have designed anything on the Scottish estates. In 1889 Wimperis took into partnership William Henry Arber, born 1849, who had been articled to him in 1866, had remained as an assistant, and had been admitted ARIBA on 4 March 1878, his proposers being Wimperis, Cooke and Arthur Cates. He became FRIBA on 4 December 1893, his proposers being Octavius Hansard, Professor Robert Kerr and Wimperis.

Wimperis retired in 1898 and died on 21 December 1904.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 125, Sackville Street, London, EnglandBusinessBefore 1877After 1901 

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 1Wimperis & Arber18891898Partner 

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 5Williiam Henry Arber1866c. 1871Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Williiam Henry Arberc. 18711889Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Edmund Walter Wimperis1882c. 1886Apprentice 
Item 4 of 5Edmund Walter Wimperisc. 18861889Assistant 
Item 5 of 5John Reginald Best18871888Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Raphael Brandon (or John Raphael Brandon)19 February 1877for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Charles Henry Cooke19 February 1877for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Thomas Cundy (junior)19 February 1877for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4Williiam Henry Arber4 March 1878for Associateship
Item 2 of 4Williiam Henry Arber4 December 1893for Fellowship
Item 3 of 4James Crombie9 January 1882for Associateship
Item 4 of 4Thomas Taylor Scott20 March 1882for 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 21870Invercauld House  AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 2 of 21886Invercauld Arms HotelBraemar AberdeenshireScotlandAddition


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder31 December 1904  Obituary
Item 2 of 3Builder11 February 1905  Obituary - CHECk for further info
Item 3 of 3RIBA Journal14 June 1905 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp184 - 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 v5 p73 (microfiche 89/G6)