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Oscar Birkett Payne Views of China, circa 1924-circa 1929

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Payne (Oskar Birkett) views of China

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Oscar Birkett Payne was an English designer, decorator and furniture designer. He was born in Carnforth, Lancashire on 1 November 1886. His father was a Master Decorator who played a significant role in the decoration of Leighton Hall, Carnforth, which still stands today, and is open to the public for viewing of its beautiful interiors and furniture, much of which was made by Waring & Gillow of Lancaster.

Payne was educated at Warwick School, Britain's oldest private boy's school. As a young man he worked for Waring & Gillow, of Manchester, but his love of the Far East led him to travel and work in Burma, and for the firms Hall & Holtz and Arts & Crafts in Shanghai. After World War II he was solicited by the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong to oversee the extensive renovation of the hotel, which he did from approximately 1947 to 1955. Payne's hobby was photography, which he combined with his extensive travels.

Payne died on 23 June 1957.

Sources cited:

Archivist correspondence with Angeline Thompson, 2 May 2019.

Oscar Birkett Payne was an interior decorator employed by the Shanghai furnishing firm of Hall, Hotz & Co.

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