Peter Urban Sartoris

Peter Urbanus Sartoris (alias Pierre-Urbain Sartoris in French[1] or Urbain Sartoris[2]) was a Swiss banker, born around 1767 in Geneva[citation needed], who died in Paris November 30, 1833. He had offices in London and Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine as well.


The son of a Huguenot banker, Jean-Jacques Sartoris, and Anne Greffuhle (aunt of Jean-Henry-Louis Greffulhe), he used to live in Gloucester-Place[3] close to Regent's Park, and married 1813 Esther Mathilde Tunno, daughter of the Scottish banker John Tunno (1746-1819). They had six children including a son, the British statesman Edward John Sartoris, and a daughter who later married Louis Victor Arthur des Acres de l'Aigle.[4]

Shortly after 1818, he acted as first consul of the Swiss Confederacy in the United Kingdom, then was succeeded by Alexandre Prévost[5] · .[6] Prévost wrote of him : 'He [Urbain Sartoris] had both good fortune and ambition, or rather self-pride. Thanks to his diplomatic charge, he thought he could fling open the gates of high society for himself; yet no sooner had he passed the line he had been craving for, did he stop caring for a second-order office, which he openly declared to me, offering me to be introduced as his successor'.[7]

During the French Restoration, Sartoris invested millions of francs in inland waterways, lived by then in his manor at Sceaux.[8] He bought the estates of la Garenne de Colombes, which his inheritors sold by pieces around 1865.[9]


  1. ^ William Calverley Curteis, Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Ecclesiastical Courts at Doctors' Commons, Saunders and Benning, 1840, p. 910
  2. ^ Compte général de l'administration des finances, Ministère de l'économie et des finances, 1838.
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  4. ^ Histoire des rues de La Garenne-Colombes, 2010, p. 10.
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  6. ^ Olivier Perroux, Tradition, vocation et progrès : les élites bourgeoises de Genève (1814-1914), p. 175.
  7. ^ Geneva State Archives, Journal d'Alexandre Prévost, MS Fr. 4756, p. 26.
  8. ^ Rapport au Roi sur la situation des canaux (1831).
  9. ^ Histoire de la commune de La Garenne-Colombes