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1882 Obituary 
. . . He received an English education, and as soon as facilities were given for doing so he was naturalised a British subject. After two years spent in Paris, he was articled at the age of sixteen to the late Mr. W. Herbert, then one of the most eminent London builders. Under him he devoted most of his attention to surveying and architecture, and soon after the conclusion of his apprenticeship he was entrusted by Mr. Herbert with the agency and surveyorship for his several house properties in different parts of London, and retained this appointment till his death. This introduction soon brought similar commissions for other people.
In 1844 he was elected surveyor to St. John’s parish, Westminster, and shortly afterwards this appointment merged into the surveyorship to the Westminster District Board of Works, which he filled till his death. . . .