Lord Lambury (1896–1967), Chairman of Austin Motor Company

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Leonard Lord, like many a Coventry lad, joined the thriving motor industry at an early age. He was taken on by Morris in 1923 and quickly showed that he was a practical man and quick-witted thinker. He soon rose to be in charge of the rationalisation of Morris factories and companies and proved that he had a sharp eye for efficiency. Although he had once been a favourite of William Morris, the two fell out and Lord angrily resigned in 1937. It wasn’t long before he resurfaced at rival Austin, where he took on the role of modernizing the company, much as he had done with Morris. By 1946, he was Austin’s Chairman. In 1952, when Austin and Morris merged to form the British Motor Corporation, Lord’s force of character meant he had the upper hand over his old boss, William Morris.

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Lord Lambury (1896–1967), Chairman of Austin Motor Company




oil on canvas


H 110 x W 86 cm

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Acquisition method

gift, 1986

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signed and dated


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