Ernest George

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1886 watercolour of Fleet Street by George, from a contemporary print

Sir Ernest George RA (13 Jun 1839–1922) was an English architect, landscape and architectural watercolour painter, and etcher.

Life and work[edit]

His London office was once called "The Eton of architects' offices".[1] His pupils included Herbert Baker, Guy Dawber, John Bradshaw Gass, Edwin Lutyens and Ethel Charles.

In the 1870s in partnership with Harold Peto, George designed houses in London for the Cadogan Estate in Chelsea and Kensington, and a number of country houses. In 1881 they designed Stoodleigh Court at Tiverton for Thomas Carew. In 1891 they designed an extension to West Dean House for William James, creating the Oak Room, now Oak Hall in West Dean College.

Between 1870 and 1911 George designed several houses with his former pupil, Alfred B. Yeates.

In New Zealand, which he never visited, he designed the Theomin family house Olveston in Dunedin which was built 1904-07.[2]

He was also responsible for the current Southwark Bridge (1921), and the Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice in London's Postman's Park.

He served as president of the Royal Institute of British Architects from 1908 to 1910.

In the late 19th century, George trained Ethel Charles, the first woman to be elected a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.[3]

George's residence at 17 Bartholomew St, London Borough of Southwark is commemorated with a Southwark Council blue plaque.[4]

Houses by George & Yeates[edit]


  • George painted in England, Belgium, Holland, France, Germany and Italy.[5]
  • An album with pencil-sketches of townscapes in Ostend is kept in the Kunstmuseum aan Zee there.

Further reading[edit]

  • H. Grainger, The Architecture of Sir Ernest George and his partners [Ph. D. thesis, University of Leeds] (1985)


  1. ^ A. Stuart Gray, Edwardian Architecture, A Biographical Dictionary (1985), ISBN 0-7156-2141-6, p.186.
  2. ^ M. Blackman, Dorothy Theomin of Olveston (2007. The Friends of Olveston, Dunedin, NZ) ISBN 978-0-473-11564-7, pp.17-19.
  3. ^ Lynne Walker, "Golden Age or False Dawn? Women Architects in the Early 20th century", Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Sir Ernest George". Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  5. ^ Encyclopaedia Britannica 1911 edition

N. Hostyn, Een album met Oostendse schetsen van Sir Ernest George. Een uitzonderlijk iconografisch document voor Oostende, [Ostend] [Kon. Oostendse Heem- en Geschiedkundige Kring De Plate], [2008].

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