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Littlecroft, Emery Down, home of Morton Kelsall Peto, 1886-1913

Walter Tyndale (1855-1943)


Inscribed 'Littlecroft, Lyndhurst', 'built by Ernest George for Mr Morton Peto' on reverse

Watercolour on board

9 x 7 inches

Horace G Hutchinson, The New Forest, London: Methuen & Co, 1906, facing page 186, 'Littlecroft, Lyndhurst'

'Chris Beetles Summer Show 2024', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, June-September 2024, no 79

Morton Kelsall Peto was the son of Sir Morton Peto the renowned 19th century civil engineer. The Architect, Sir Ernest George RA also worked in partnership with Harold Peto, Kelsall Peto’s younger brother.

‘Littlecroft is a house and studio now building in the New Forest for Mr. Morton K. Peto. The external quarterings is of oak with parquet filling-in. The slope of the ground is taken advantage of so that an extra room is obtained in the height of the main gable, a boudoir being arranged on the first landing and above the porch. The oak staircase is worked in a square space behind posts and arches and can be screened by curtains from the hall, which latter is arranged to form an additional room to the house. The studio has an open roof and gallery and one end. The dining-room has an ingle behind an oak arch; overhead the beams are shown and a ceiling of wood panel with mitred mouldings.’
The Building News, 1 November 1884
Sadly the house burnt down in 1913 and an Edwardian house was built on the site with the same name.

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