Richard Barrett-Lennard

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Sir Thomas Richard Fiennes Barrett-Lennard, 5th Baronet, OBE (12 December 1898 – 28 December 1977) was a British banker who had served as vice-chairman of Norwich Union and Chairman of the East Anglian Trustee Savings Bank.[1][2]

Life and family[edit]

He was born in Brighton on 12 December 1898, the son of Richard Fiennes Barrett-Lennard, 4th Baronet. He entered Clare College, Cambridge in 1919,[3] obtaining a BA degree. He married Miss Una Kathleen Finora Fitzgerald at Aveley in July, 1922[4] He was appointed as a Justice of the Peace for Essex in October, 1926.[5] He inherited the baronetcy on the death of his father at Horsford manor in September, 1934.[6]

He worked in the financial services industry, being vice-chairman of Norwich Union, Chairman of the East Anglian Trustee Savings Bank. and a director of other insurance companies In 1950, he was chairman of the appeal committee that raised £35,000 for repairs to Norwich Cathedral.[7]

He died on 28 Dec. 1977 and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his distant cousin, Sir Hugh Barrett-Lennard, 6th Baronet, who was descended from the second son of the first baronet.

Family pictures[edit]

Barrett-Lennard owned a number of family pictures which he loaned to various exhibitions, including Fine Paintings from East Anglia[8] and 18th Century Italy and the Grand Tour.[9] His paintings were photographed and a list published by the Courtauld Institute of Art.[10] In 1974 he donated many of these family pictures to Essex County Council, although they remained with the family until 2009.[11] The collection included around 40 family portraits, some topographical paintings of Belhus and a few other works.[12] A few paintings from the collection are on display in the search room at the Essex Record Office, including a portrait of the 5th Baronet. In 1922, the collection included portraits of Charles I and Catherine Mildmay, both by Cornelis Janssens van Ceulen, but these are not included in the Essex Record Offic List.[13]

The most valuable item in the collection was a portrait of Thomas Barrett-Lennard, 17th Lord Dacre, with his wife and daughter by Pompeo Batoni which was valued at £2.5m.[14] The Batoni portrait and many other works in the collection were discussed in a privately published family history.[15]



  1. ^ The Times, Saturday, 31 Dec 1977; pg. 14; Issue 60199; col F Sir Richard Barrett-Lennard
  2. ^ ‘LENNARD, Sir (Thomas) Richard (Fiennes) Barrett-’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 19 June 2013
  3. ^ Clare College obituaries
  4. ^ Chelmsford Chronicle, 28 July 1922
  5. ^ Chelmsford Chronicle, 22 October 1926
  6. ^ Chelmsford Chronicle, 14 September 1934
  7. ^ Atherton, Ian, ed. (1996). Norwich Cathedral: Church, City, and Diocese, 1096-1996. Hambledon Press. p. 752. 
  8. ^ The Burlington Magazine , Vol. 106, No. 737 (Aug., 1964), pp. 380+389-390
  9. ^ The Burlington Magazine , Vol. 100, No. 666 (Sep., 1958), pp. 316+318-319
  10. ^ Horsford Manor, Sir Richard Barrett-Lennard Collection. Courtauld Institute of Art, London. 1955. 
  11. ^ Brentwood Gazette
  12. ^ Essex Record Office catalogue
  13. ^ Finberg, Alexander J, A Chronoligical List of Paintings by Cornelius Johnson, Walpole Society, Volume 10, 1922
  14. ^ A Batoni in Storage
  15. ^ Barrett-Lennard, Thomas (1908). An Account of the Families of Lennard and Barrett, compiled largely from original documents. Private Circulation. 
  16. ^ London Gazette
  17. ^ London Gazette
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Richard Fiennes Barrett-Lennard
(of Belhus, Essex)
Succeeded by
Hugh Barrett-Lennard