A year later, George set up what was to become a long-lasting partnership with Harold Peto. The pair were extremely well-respected and very successful, completing both commercial and domestic commissions. The fashionable reputation of the firm attracted assistants such as Guy Dawber and Edwin Lutyens.
George was awarded the gold medal for architecture in 1896. He was president of the Royal Institute of British Architects from 1908 to 1910 and was knighted in 1911. He retired in 1920 and died in 1922.
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