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.
by Bassano & Vandyk Studios, after Sir Oswald Birley
half-plate film negative, 3 July 1969 (1946)
by Paul Ferdinand Anton Laib, after Sir Oswald Birley
All paintings by this artist on the BBC Your Paintings website