Basic Biographical Details

Name: Henry Wilson
Born: 1864
Died: 7 March 1934
Bio Notes: Henry Wilson was born in Liverpool in 1864 the son of a clergyman who ran a private school at Cleobury Mortimer, Herefordshire and was the brother of the illustrator Patten Wilson. He attended Kidderminster Art School prior to being articled to Edward James Shrewsbury of Maidenhead, c.1880. He was then assistant in the offices of John Oldrid Scott (c.1884) John Belcher (from c.1885) Arthur Beresford Pite (c.1887) and John Dando Sedding (from c.1888). From c.1895 Wilson concentrated more on designing metalwork church plate and church furnishings generally, abandoning architectural practice to set up his own workshops at 17 Vicarage Gate Kensington, and from 1896 to 1901 he was the first editor of the 'Architectural Review'. From the latter year he taught metalwork at the Royal College of Art and at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London, but continued to have extensive business as a sculptor and metalworker. He was Master of the Art Workers Guild in 1917 and president of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, 1915-22.

Wilson died at Menton, France on 7 March 1934. He left one son, an engineer in India, and three daughters, one of whom, Orrea Pernel, was a distinguished violinist. His wife Margaret Eleanor Morse had predeceased him in 1931.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 42, Bedford Gardens, London, EnglandBusiness1868 *  
Item 2 of 42, Sheepcote Road, Harrow, Hertfordshire, EnglandBusiness18891890 
Item 3 of 4447, Oxford Street, London, EnglandBusiness(?)1892 *1897 
Item 4 of 417, Vicarage Gate, Kensington, London, EnglandBusiness18961899 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 6Edward James Shrewsburyc. 1880c. 1885Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6John Oldrid Scottc. 1884c. 1885Assistant 
Item 3 of 6John Belcherc. 1885c. 1887Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Arthur Beresford Pitec. 1887c. 1888Assistant 
Item 5 of 6John Dando Seddingc. 1888c. 1895Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Sedding & Wilson18911922(?)Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This 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 21894Douglas Castle  LanarkshireScotlandRefitting of chapel including reredos
Item 2 of 21912King's College Chapel, Elphinstone tomb  AberdeenScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2Browning, Julian1974Henry Wilson Country Life 12 September 1974 
Item 2 of 2Gray, A Stuart1985Edwardian Architecture: A Biographical Dictionary   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Architectural Review1966CXXXIX p274-7 (by Nicholas Taylor)
Item 2 of 4RIBA Journal24 March 1934v41London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp539 - obituary by F W Troup
Item 3 of 4RIBA Journal14 April 1934v41London: Royal Institute of British Architectspp588-9 - obituary
Item 4 of 4The Times12 March 1934  Obituary by Arthur Beresford Pite