Leonard Francis Wyburd


Born: 12 June 1865 and died 17 January 1958.
Son of: Francis John Wyburd (1829-1909) and Jemima Wyburd (nee Corbould, 1840-1913)
Brother of:
1. Mima Wyburd (6/3/1863-14/1/1929).
2. Ethel Wyburd (19/5/1864 - 24/10/1910).
Leonard married: Eleanor Oldershaw Bathurst (20/12/1976-13/4/1976), 14 July 1900 at St Mary Abbots Church, Kensington.
Jemima and Francis had issue:
1. Henry Neville Corbould Wyburd b 27 May 1901, died 14 November 1960.
2. Derek Bathurst Wyburd b 9 October 1904, died 30 April 1992.

Overview of: Leonard Wyburd

We know of Leonard Wyburd from the followng sources:
1. Information supplied to me by Giles Wyburd.
2. Information, see below, supplied by Chris Mees.


The following information has been supplied to me by Chris Mees, Editor Arts: Search, Design Research Publications.

Leonard Francis Wyburd [commonly known as Leonard F. Wyburd; and sometimes as Leonard Wyburd] was born on 12 June 1865 and was active as an artist and designer in England from the late 1880s onwards. In 1883 he began working for Liberty & Co. and subsequently ran their Furnishings and Decoration Studio in London until 1903.

He designed a wide range of furniture for the company including sideboards, tables, chairs, bookcases, clocks, fire screens, bedroom suites, etc. Although Wyburd is listed as an architect in 'Directory of British Architects 1834-1914 volume 2 L-Z' by Antonia Brodie et al (London: Continuum, 2001), it is not known if he qualified in the profession.

A photograph of 'The Valkyrie' upright grand piano designed by Wyburd and executed by Messrs. J. & J. Hopkinson Ltd. is illustrated in 'The Studio' July 1902 (p.133); photographs of the entrance hall, morning room and bedroom of a house designed by Wyburd are featured in 'The Studio Yearbook of Decorative Art' 1906 (pp.6, 29, 47, 89). Also illustrated in 'The Studio Yearbook of Decorative Art' 1906 is a fireplace he designed and executed (p.89). A drawing of a dining room, a drawing of a living room and two photographs of a drawing room at Cottesmore Gardens, Kensington designed by Wyburd are featured in 'The Studio Yearbook of Decorative Art' 1907 (opposite p.74 and opposite p.80 and p.81); and a drawing room designed by Wyburd is featured in 'The Studio Yearbook of Decorative Art' 1908 (illustration B103).

In addition to his work as a designer, Wyburd was also a painter. He exhibited at the Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, Manchester City Art Gallery, the Royal Academy in London, the Royal Society of British Artists in London, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in London, and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.

Known addresses of Wyburd are 41 Bryanston Street, Portman Square, London (1883), and 1 Cambridge Street, London, Hyde Park, London (1904-05).

His parents were Francis John Wyburd (1814-), and Mrs Francis John Wyburd, who were both exhibiting painters and who also lived at 41 Bryanston Street, Portman Square, London in the 1880s. Leonard F. Wyburd died on 17 January 1958


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