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George (Aristides) Eumorfopoulos[1]

Male 1863 - 1939  (76 years)


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  • Name George (Aristides) Eumorfopoulos 
    Born 18 Apr 1863  43 Bedford Street South, Liverpool, Lancashire, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 43 Bedford Street is the address given in the baptism register.
    • The 1871 England census says he was born in Herefordshire, England.
    Christened 29 Jun 1863  Greek Church of St Nicholas, Liverpool, Lancashire, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • God-parents: Miss Eumorfopoulos.
    • Argenti says 11 Jul 1863, as does the Greek Gazette, which is the date by the Julian calendar. [2]
    • Archimandrite Constantine Stratoulis officiating.
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Dec 1939  7 Chelsea Embankment, Chelsea, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Estate valued at 104,657 13s 1d, administered at London 4 Apr 1940, by Sir Strati Ralli and Jack Anthony Vlasto, merchant. Legatees included numerous relatives. [4]
    • The Times on 20 Dec 1939 (London) ran a front page obituary entitled "A Great and Generous Collector."
    Buried 22 Dec 1939  Greek Orthodox Cemetery, West Norwood, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Funeral coverage appeared in The Times (London) 23 Dec 1939.
    • The Archbishop of thyateira officiated, assisted by the Great Archimandrite.
    • burial plot 39287, sq 42, no. 269 on Greek plan, reg. pg. 18174, no. 74558 [5]
    • Cemetery records say 14 Mar 1940, which suggests that the body was held temporarily before arriving a few months later for interment.
    Notes 
    • Residence, England: 1901, 38 Gloucester Square, London; Clandon, Surrey; 7 Chelsea Embankment, Chelsea, London.
    • Offices, City of London, England: 1902, 21 Bishopsgate St.; 88 Bishopsgate St.
    • Occupation Vice president of Ralli Bros (retired 1934). Listed as a member of the Baltic Exchange, London, in 1913. George Eumorphopulos was listed as a member of the Baltic Exchange, 1886 (Harlaftis, A History of Greek-owned Shipping, p. 58).
    • Education University College School, London
    • Renowned expert on Chinese antiquities whose vast collection forms the basis of the British Museum collection (sold for 100,000) in 1935 (see press articles). He also had paintings by Matisse, sculptures by Barbara Hepworth and a Persian collection. A room in George Eumorfopoulos's house at 7 Chelsea Embankment, London, 1930s is depicted in a photographic album in the archives of the Oriental Ceramic Society, London, Orientations, v 38, n 8 - Nov/Dec 2007.
    • A letter dated 1 Jan 1902 tells St Sophia's church that Lucas and Mr Eumorfopoulos (George?) have rejoined the firm which will now increase its financial support of the church. He left estate of 104,657 13s 1d.
    • A two-storey museum was added to the back of the house in Chelsea to house his vast collection of Chinese art, nearly all which is now at the British Museum. Founder of the Oriental Ceramic Society (first president from 1921 to his death).
    • "One of the kindest and most generous of men" with a very simple life-style, travelling to work on the underground and whose only indulgence was a "vast plate of iced cream at Sunday lunch". See bust by Dora Gordine (exhib. 1838) now in the V&A, London.
    • Along with George Michel Mavrogordato, Leon Pandely Argenti, and Pandia Peter Rodocanachi he was an executor of the estate of Jenny Mavrogordato (London Gazette 12 May 1931).
    • George Eumorfopoulos was partners with Stratty John Scaramanga, Peter John Scaramanga, Andrew John Scaramanga, and Eustratio Eumorfopoulos [likely his brother Eustratius (Aristides) Eumorfopoulos], as Grain Merchants, at 21 Bishopsgate Street, London; at Marseille and at Rostoff (Don), Russia, as Scaramanga, Eumorfopoulos and Co., until it was dissolved 31 Dec 1901 (London Gazette 28 Jan 1902).
    • Demetrius de Manoussi, George Eumorfopoulos, Stratty John Scaramanga, Peter John Scaramanga, and Andrew John Scaramanga were partners as Scaramanga Manoussi and Co., merchants, at 88 Bishopsgate St, London; Marseilles; Taganrog; and Rostoff (Don) until 15 August 1899 (London Gazette 22 Aug 1899).
    • He arrived 31 May 1933 at Southampton, England on the Homeric sailing from Palma with his brother Nicholas.
    • He arrived 6 Jul 1935 at Southampton, England on the Majestic sailing from New York City.
    • He arrived 4 Jun 1935 at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on the Empress of Japan sailing from Yokohama, Japan.
    • The 1891 England census: 1 Kensingston Park Gardens, Kensingston, London, England, household headed by Aristides Eumorfopoulos, 66, retired merchant; wife Mariora, 50, both b. Syros, Greece; son George, 27, Russia Merchant, b. Liverpool; daughter-in-law Julia, 26, b. London Paddington; daughters Esmeralda, 26, b. Liverpool; Elpiniki, 23; sons Eustratius, 21, merchant's clerk; Nicholas, 18, science student; Stamati, 16, scholar; all b. London St. Mary Abbots; & 4 servants.
    • The 1901 England census: 38 Gloucester Square, London, household headed by (correcting for misspelling) Mariora Eumorfopoulos, 60, b. Greece, widow; son Georgios, 17 b. Liverpool; daughters Esmeralda [Smaragda], 36 b. Liverpool; Elpiniki, 33 b. London; sons Nicolas, 28, Secondary School Teacher, b. London; Stamatios, 26, b. London, grain merchant; & 8 servants.
    • Commander of the Order of George I, issued by the King of Greece. He received permission from Buckingham Palace to wear the insignia.
    • G.A. Eumorfopoulos is included in the list: Greek presence in India between 1900-1050 from Thacker's Directory and Greek Church archives. [6]
    • He was co-administrator of his mother's estate.
    • He was co-executor of the estate of his sister Esmeralda.
    • George Eumorfopoulos [with wife Julia, 7 Chelsea Embankment] appears on the 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1939 UK electoral register, Chelsea parliamentary division, Kensington and Chelsea county/borough.
    Person ID I1730  Negroponte-Agelasto
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2012 

    Father Aristides George (Georges) Eumorfopoulos,   b. 14 Jan 1825, Syros, Cyclades Islands, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1897, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Mariora (Eustratius) Scaramanga,   b. 09 Oct 1840, Syros, Cyclades Islands, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1908, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 11 Jul 1861  Athens, Attica, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Photos
    Extended Family of Aristides-Mariora Eumorfopoulos
    Extended Family of Aristides-Mariora Eumorfopoulos
    photo courtesy Edith Eumorfopoulos Baker, their great-granddaughter
    Family ID F738  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Julia (George) Scaramanga,   b. 26 Jun 1864, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1944, Crawley Down, Sussex, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 14 Jun 1890  St Sophia, Moscow Road, Bayswater, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Marriage Witnesses: M. J. Ralli and Peter Scaramanga; Dionysios Plaisas presiding; entry 176. [7]
    • Argenti says 14 Jun 1894, Crawley Down, Sussex
    • Marriage registered Apr-May-Jun 1890, Kensington District, Vol. 1a, Page 360. Certificate not examined.
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2010 
    Family ID F737  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Apr 1863 - 43 Bedford Street South, Liverpool, Lancashire, England UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 29 Jun 1863 - Greek Church of St Nicholas, Liverpool, Lancashire, England UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Jun 1890 - St Sophia, Moscow Road, Bayswater, London, England UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Dec 1939 - 7 Chelsea Embankment, Chelsea, London, England UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 22 Dec 1939 - Greek Orthodox Cemetery, West Norwood, London, England UK Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    George Eumorfopoulos
    George Eumorfopoulos
    George A Eumorfopoulos
    George A Eumorfopoulos
    Portrait by George Frederic Watts, OM, RA (British, 1817-1904), 65.5 x 53 cm. (25 3/4 x 20 3/4 in.).
    Bedford Street South, Liverpool, England
    Bedford Street South, Liverpool, England
    George (Aristides) Eumorfopoulos was born in 1863 at 43 Bedford Street, Liverpool, England. Photo 2009; the low numbers today are either industrial or block residential.
    1 Kensington Park Gardens, Kensington, London, England
    1 Kensington Park Gardens, Kensington, London, England
    Residence occupied by various members of the Aristides and Mariora Eumorfopoulos family from 1871 - 1897; photo 2009.
    7 Chelsea Embankment, London, England
    7 Chelsea Embankment, London, England
    photo 2009; George and Julie Eumorfopoulos lived at this Chelsea residence.
    38-42 Gloucester Square, London, England
    38-42 Gloucester Square, London, England
    photo 2009; from 1901-1903, Mariora Eumorfopoulos lived with various children in 1901 at 38 Gloucester Square, Westminster, where this building now sits.
    Bishopsgate Street, London, England
    Bishopsgate Street, London, England
    One of The City's main commercial streets. Scaramanga, Manoussi and Co., merchants operated from 88 Bishopsgate Street (1883-1899).
    The Bishopsgate Tower, 22-24 Bishopsgate Street, London, England
    Architects' rendering; nicknamed "The Pinnacle", this building, scheduled for completion in 2012, is near the former Scaramanga, Eumorfopoulos and Co. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    George Eumorfopoulos
    George Eumorfopoulos
    photo courtesy Edith Eumorfopoulos Baker, his grand-niece
    7 Chelsea Embankment, Chelsea, London (salon)
    7 Chelsea Embankment, Chelsea, London (salon)
    The living room of the home of George & Julia Eumorfopoulos, believed to be this residence; photos courtesy Edith Eumorfopoulos Baker, their great niece.
    7 Chelsea Embankment, Chelsea, London (interior)
    7 Chelsea Embankment, Chelsea, London (interior)
    7 Chelsea Embankment, Chelsea, London (interior)
    7 Chelsea Embankment, Chelsea, London (interior)

    Documents
    <i>The Times</i> obituary
    The Times obituary
    George Aristides Eumorfopoulos
    George Aristides Eumorfopoulos
    entry in the baptism register, Greek Church of St Nicholas, Liverpool, England
    Philip L. Chryssoveloni, <i>Chios through the Ages</i> (Athens, 1937)
    Philip L. Chryssoveloni, Chios through the Ages (Athens, 1937)
    George Aristides Eumorfopoulos is included, page 48
    the George Eumorfopoulos estate, 14 Dec 1945.
    the George Eumorfopoulos estate, 14 Dec 1945.
    document (snippet)
    Legatees of the George Eumorfopoulos estate, 14 Dec 1945
    Legatees of the George Eumorfopoulos estate, 14 Dec 1945
    Included are: A. Messinesi, J. Messinesi, L. Messinesi, M. Messinesi, Miss A. Messinesi, Mrs. M. Pandeleon, Miss L. Metaxas, P.G. Eumorfopoulos, A. Eumorfopoulos; Miss Minika Eumorfopoulos; Miss Mariora Eumorfopoulos; Mrs. E. Amies; Mrs. D. Asquith.
    Buckingham Palace's restricted permission
    Buckingham Palace's restricted permission
    George Eumorfopoulos may wear the Commander of the Order of George I, issued by the King of Greece (in certain circumstances)
    Mrs. M. A. Eumorfopoulos Trust
    Mrs. M. A. Eumorfopoulos Trust
    under the will of Mrs. Mimina J. Ralli; trustees L.E. Ralli & P.L. Argenti; legacies to Mr. N. Eumorfopoulos, Mrs. Despina Messinesi, Mrs. Maria Metaxas & Mrs. Mimina Scouloudi; residue to Mr. George Eumorfopoulos, Mr. Eustratios Eumorfopoulos, Mr. Nicolaos Eumorfopoulos, Mr. Stamatios Eumorfopoulos, Miss Elpiniki Eumorfopoulos & Miss Esmeralda Eumorfopoulos. See original document
    West Norwood Cemetery
    West Norwood Cemetery
    Register for plot 21662, sq 28-42, Greek plan no. 6
    West Norwood Cemetery
    West Norwood Cemetery
    Register for burial plot no. 31135, no. 248, sq. 42
    West Norwood Cemetery
    West Norwood Cemetery
    Register for plot 39287, sq 42, no. 269 on Greek plan
    George Eumorfopoulos 1940 Probate
    George Eumorfopoulos 1940 Probate
    Letter from Kyriakos Papathanassiou
    Letter from Kyriakos Papathanassiou
    27 Mar 2015, regarding G. Eumorfopoulos, D.E. Petrocochino, J.P. Sagrandi, and Agelasto Vuro & Co.
    Ralli Bros London
    Ralli Bros London
    Company Label

    Headstones
    West Norwood Cemetery
    West Norwood Cemetery
    George (Aristedes) Eumorfopoulos (1863-1939) and Julia Scaramanga Eumorfopoulos (18?4-); photo by Parker Agelasto. Also, Nicolas Eumorfopoulos according to cemetery records.
    George and Julia Eumorfopoulos Gravestone
    George and Julia Eumorfopoulos Gravestone
    photo courtesy Edith Eumorfopoulos Baker, their grand-niece

  • Sources 
    1. [S49] Χίος και Χίοι διά μέσου των αιώνων, Χρυσοβελόνης, Φίλιππος Λ [Philip L. Chryssoveloni], (digital document, originally published Athens,1937), 48.

    2. [S68] The Greek Gazette, Kyriakos Metaxas, editor, (London, England), 9, Nov 1996.
      Records of Christenings and Marriages from the Church of St Nicholas, Liverpool

    3. [S10] Baptism records, St Nicholas Greek Church, Liverpool, England, 80.

    4. [S82] UK National Probate Calendar Indexes, 1858-1966, 1973-1995.

    5. [S78] West Norwood Cemetery registers, London, England.

    6. [S57] A Chronicle of the Greeks in India: 1750-1950, Dione Marcos-Dodis, (Dodoni Publications, Athens, 2002; ISBN 960-385-160-4).

    7. [S68] The Greek Gazette, Kyriakos Metaxas, editor, (London, England), 12, Jul 1983.
      Marriages Celebrated at the Holy Wisdom (Saint Sophia) in Moscow Road, Bayswater [London]


  

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