“The Larger Country Houses of Sir Ernest George” by Professor Hilary J Grainger OBE, Chair of The Victorian Society

Tuesday, 16th April 2024

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Showroom 5 in The Showroom Cinema



Sir Ernest George (1839 – 1922), was one of the leading architects of the English Domestic Revival. The Building News concluded that ‘his activities as an architect were little short of marvellous, no other of his time left a more enduring mark on our domestic architecture’. Widely acclaimed in his own time, George was also a watercolourist and etcher of considerable talent.

George worked in successive partnership with Thomas Vaughan, Harold Ainsworth Peto and Alfred B Yeates, carrying out over 200 works at home and abroad. More than 80 pupils and assistants passed through his office, which occupied a position of great significance for over 40 years. His pupils included Edwin Lutyens, Herbert Baker and E Guy Dawber. 

This lecture examines George’s larger country houses, which formed the backbone of his practice and where the ‘richness of accumulated experience from the large English mansion and the charm and romance of olden days … were combined with modern comfort and convenience.’ 

Hilary Grainger is an architectural historian and the chair of The Victorian Society. She is the leading authority on Sir Ernest George.


Talks take place at Showroom 5 in The Showroom Cinema. Doors open at 7.00pm and the start time is 7.30pm prompt.

Entrance is open to members & non-members and costs £5. 


The Showroom Cinema
Paternoster Row
S1 2BX