Oswald Hornby Joseph Birley

The personal details and relationships of Oswald Hornby Joseph Birley


Personal Details

DBID Gender Title


 6   Male  Sir
First Name Middle Name Last Name


Hornby Joseph



DOB Place of Birth DOD Place of Death
 31/03/1880 Auckland, New Zealand 05/06/1952 London 
Father's last name if different Mother's / Own maiden name
 Hugh Frances Birley  



 Sir Oswald. President of Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Knighted in 1949. Married Rhoda 1921. *The following are details from his entry in Who's Who of 1951: Exhibited Hors Concours, Paris Salon, Royal Portrait Society and National Portrait Society, Modern Society of Portrait Painters, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers. Works include 1st Earl of Birkenhead in National Portrait Gallery. Portrait of King George V and Queen Mary for Windsor Castle. Portraits of George VI for Royal Agricultural Society, Royal Navel College at Greenwich and for the Royal Collection. Portrait of Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother) for Cunard's QE1 ship. He also painted 1st Marquess of Reading, Lord Irwin, Marquess of Willingdon, Marquess of Linlithgow for the Viceroy's House of New Delhi in India. He painted a series of portraits for the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff of their Presidents, also another portrait of King George V for them. Collection of portraits of the Admirals of World War II for the Royal Navel College. A mirror portrait was purchased by Edmund Davis Collection in the Musee de Luxembourg in 1915, later they also acquired the portrait of Mamie Cartier in 1930. Works of his are also held by National Art Gallery of New Zealand, also galleries in Birmingham, and Liverpool. He traveled to America, Mexico, Siam and India to paint.* End of 1951 Who's Who entry. 

Personal Relationships

Person Relationship Date/Period

Mark Birley


Maxine Birley


Robin Birley


Rhoda Vava Mary Lecky Pike

Wife 01/01/1921 

Annabel Vane-Tempest-Stewart

Daughter -in-law  

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