William Richard Lethaby
Born 18 January 1857
Died 17 July 1931
Active: 1887 - 1931
Country of birth and death: England
Architect, educationalist, writer, painter
Born at Grosvenor Street, Barnstaple, Devon. Son of Richard Pyle (or Pile) Lethaby, (1824-1904), born in Filleigh, Devon, a carver and gilder (effects valued at £854 4s.). Established an architectural practice in Bloomsbury, 1889.
Wealth at death: £16,057 9s. 3d.
Probate date: 24 August 1931
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Subject of Portrait Bust of Past-Master W. R. Lethaby
Exhibitions, Meetings, Awards and other Events
Speaker at Craft Villages (Art Workers Guild), 1917
Institutional and Business Connections
Director of Central School of Arts and Crafts
1896 - 1911
Listed as a joint Director of the school. Listed as Principal in the prospectuses from 1902 to 1910. Note that there are no available prospectuses for 1910-1911, and that no Principal is listed in the 1911-1912 prospectus. Fiona MacCarthy [ODNB, 2004, 2008] states that Lethaby resigned from his position at Central in 1911.
Engaged by Technical Education Board of the London County Council
As Inspectors and Advisor to their board.
Master of Art Workers Guild
Member of Art Workers Guild
1884 - 1931
Committee member 1884-1885 and 1893-1895. Honoary post 1905?, master 1911, honorary member 1916-1931.
Professor of design at Royal College of Art (including National Art Training School)
1900 - 1918
Listed as Professor of the School of Design in the College's 1933-1934 Prospectus, list of 'Previous Holders of the Post of Professor'.
Personal and Professional Connections
Portrayed in bust by Gilbert William Bayes
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Fiona MacCarthy, ‘Lethaby, William Richard (1857–1931)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, May 2008 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/34503, accessed 27 July 2009]
Prospectus and Time Table, The Central School of Arts and Crafts, 20 December 1896
20 December 1896
Prospectus of the Royal College of Art, 1933-1934 Royal College of Art
Unpaged list of Professors.
Citing this record
'William Richard Lethaby', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib2_1213011013, accessed 26 Mar 2017]