NameGeorge (Aristides) Eumorfopoulos
Birth18 Apr 1863, 43 Bedford Street South, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, England
Death19 Dec 1939, 7 Chelsea Embankment, Chelsea, London, England
Baptism29 Jun 1863, Church of St Nicholas, Liverpool, England
Baptism MemoArgenti says 11 Jul 1863, which is the date by the Julian calendar.
Residence7 Chelsea Embankment, Chelsea, London, England
Residence MemoFor many years but recorded still there in 1939.
ResidenceClandon, Surrey, England
ResidenceOffice: 88 Bishopsgate, City of London, England
OccupationVice president of Ralli Bros (retired 1934). Listed as a ,ember of the Baltic Exchange, London, in 1913.
EducationUniversity College School, London.
Note 1Renowned 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.
Note 2A 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.
Note 3A 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).
Note 4“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.