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Sir Oswald Birley (1880-1952), Painter

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist associated with 15 portraits
Sir Oswald Birley was born in New Zealand while his parents were on a world tour. 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 British 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 Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and the present monarch Queen Elizabeth II. Birley was knighted in 1949.

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3651

Glyn Philpot

by Sir Oswald Birley
oil on canvas, 1920
NPG 3651

5346

Sir Gerald Kelly

by Sir Oswald Birley
oil on canvas, 1920
NPG 5346

2552

Frederick Edwin Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead

replica by Sir Oswald Birley
oil on canvas, 1932 (circa 1922)
On display at Palace of Westminster, London
NPG 2552

4013

King George V

by Sir Oswald Birley
oil on canvas, circa 1933
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4013

6436

William Ewert Berry, 1st Viscount Camrose

by Sir Oswald Birley
oil on canvas, circa 1933
NPG 6436

3945

Sir Edward Howard Marsh

by Sir Oswald Birley
oil on canvas, 1949
NPG 3945

x174619

Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis

by Bassano & Vandyk Studios, after Sir Oswald Birley
half-plate film negative, 3 July 1969 (1946)
NPG x174619

D38335

Sir (Frederick) Ivor Maxse

by Paul Laib, after Sir Oswald Birley
photograph, late 1910s
NPG D38335

D34070

Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood

published by Illustrated London News, after Sir Oswald Birley
colour photogravure, published 1922? (1922)
NPG D34070

D34642

George Joachim Goschen, 2nd Viscount Goschen

by Paul Laib, after Sir Oswald Birley
photograph, (1927)
NPG D34642

D34643

Margaret Evelyn Goschen (née Gathorne-Hardy), Viscountess Goschen

by Paul Laib, after Sir Oswald Birley
photograph, (1927?)
NPG D34643

D34020

King George V

published by Illustrated London News, after Sir Oswald Birley
colour photogravure, published 6 July 1929 (1928)
NPG D34020

D38500

Cyril Louis Norton Newall, 1st Baron Newall

after Sir Oswald Birley
photographic print, (1941)
NPG D38500

D33257

Winston Churchill

published by The Times Publishing Company Limited, after Sir Oswald Birley
colour offset lithograph, published 1965 (1946)
NPG D33257

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