Oakley Williams: Correspondence on an edition of de Lszl

Scope and Content

Manuscript and typescript correspondence of Oakley Williams regarding the preparation of an edition of de László's portraits, with related material.

Administrative / Biographical History

Philip Henry Oakley Williams translated German works, including The world I used to know by Marie von Bunsen (London, 1930); In the wake of Napoleon, the memoirs of Ferdinand von Funck (London, 1931); andThe labyrinth by Ina Seidel (London, 1932).

Philip Alexius de Lszl(1869-1937), painter, formerly Flp Elek Lszl, was born in or near Budapest on 28 April 1869. He studied in Budapest, Munich and Paris before moving to London in 1907, where he established a large practice, specialising in portraiture. In 1912 he was made a member of the Hungarian nobility and his name changed to Lszl de Lombos. He became a naturalised British citizen in 1914. During his career, de Lszl painted Emperor Francis Joseph (1899), Pope Leo XIII (1900) and King Edward VII (1907). He died at his home in Hampstead, London, on 22 November 1937.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by F. Waley, 1983.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Philip Alexius de László in L.G. Wickham Legg, ed., Dictionary of national biography, 1931-1940 (Oxford University Press, 1949), pp. 526-527.

Other Finding Aids



Selections from the work of P.A. de Lszl, edited with descriptive notes by Oakley Williams, was published in London [1921].