Oswald Sir Hornby Joseph Birley
(1880 - 1952)
Oswald (Sir) Hornby Joseph Birley was active/lived in England, New Zealand. Oswald Sir Birley is known for portrait painting-royalty.
Biography Oswald (Sir) Hornby Joseph Birley
Oswald Hornby Joseph Birley, MC, RA was an English portrait painter in the early part of the 20th century.
Birley was born in New Zealand while his parents were on a world tour. He was born into an old Lancashire family. Upon returning to England, he was educated at Harrow School, London and Trinity College, Cambridge.
He served in France in the World War I first with the Royal Fusiliers, later transferring to the Intelligence Corps obtaining the rank of Captain and being awarded the Military Cross in 1919. During World War II he served with the rank of Major in the Home Guard.
A favourite of the Royal Family he was well-known for his portraits of King George V, Queen Mary, King George VI, Queen Elizab
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