Basic Biographical Details

Name: Erskine Seaton Cummings
Designation: Architect
Born: 1867
Died: 25 May 1932
Bio Notes: Erskine Seaton Cummings was born in Alloa in 1867. He was articled to Adam Frame of Alloa in 1882, studying at the School of Art in the same town. In August 1889 he became a draughtsman with Hippolyte Jean Blanc in Edinburgh, continuing his studies at the School of Art, Heriot-Watt College and the Edinburgh Architectural Association. He was a successful student, gaining a number of prizes. In August 1890 he spent two weeks sketching in Yorkshire, and he undertook a three-month sketching tour of Durham, York, Fountain, Beverley, Lincoln, Peterborough, Cambridge and other places in 1891.

He moved to London where he passed the qualifying exam in March 1892. There he worked in various offices including that of Ernest George & Peto. Later, from c.1908 to 1918, he worked in partnership with Frederick Hall-Jones.

He died in Chelmsford, Essex on 25 May 1932.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 467, Mallinson Road, Clapham Junction, London, EnglandPrivate1893 *  
Item 2 of 4Broadway, Ealing, London, EnglandPrivate/business(?)1905 *  
Item 3 of 4Northwood, London, EnglandPrivate/business(?)1905 *  
Item 4 of 4Parliament Mansions, Victoria Street, London, EnglandBusiness1905 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4Adam Frame7 April 1882Before 1889  
Item 2 of 4Hippolyte Jean BlancAugust 18891892(?)  
Item 3 of 4Ernest George & Peto1892   
Item 4 of 4Hall-Jones & Cummingsc. 19081918Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John McKean Brydon4 December 1893for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Henry Louis Florence4 December 1893for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Ernest George4 December 1893for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Harvey Mennie4 July 1910for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 3Pike, W T London  p243 - portrait
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v12 p71 (microfiche 52/G5)