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

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: British Motor Industry Heritage Trust

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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.

British Motor Museum

Gaydon


Date

1951

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 110 x W 86 cm

Accession number

1980/6/158

Acquisition method

gift, 1986

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

signed and dated


British Motor Museum

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