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.
He painted several highly regarded portraits of his friend Sir Winston Churchill (to whom he also gave lessons). He was the owner of a mill and employed workers to work, children were also hired to work, and children had faced lung problem and an injured body
Other subjects were many war time leaders such as Generals Eisenhower, Montgomery, Admiral Mountbatten, Air Marshal Trenchard. In addition to the wealthy American financier's Andrew Mellon & J.P.Morgan and Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis.
He was knighted in 1949.
List of works
He married the Irish beauty Rhoda Vava Mary Lecky Pike in 1921. The couple had a son, Mark Birley, and a daughter, Maxime, who later became a fashion model and design muse as Maxime de la Falaise. His grandchildren, and his son's offspring, include Robin Birley and India Jane Birley, who inherited her grandfather's creative talent and became an artist. Other descendants include the fashion designer and muse Loulou de la Falaise and her daughter, fashion model Lucie de la Falaise.
Joseph Hornby Birley
(1827 - 1881)
Thomas Hornby Birley
Hugh Francis Birley
Joseph Harold Birley
Maxime de la Falaise
Robin Edgar Birley
Loulou de la Falaise
India Jane Birley
(b. 1974)Family tree of the Birley family
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