in 1982 by Sir Anthony Baruh Lousada.
Sir Anthony was someone who could combine happily his career as a successful solicitor with his passion for the visual arts. It was a case of following a family tradition - his father, Julian Lousada, was also a lawyer and an art collector who bequeathed to his son some fine Impressionist paintings and drawings, and after the war the son began to collect modern paintings himself.
Sir Anthony Baruh Lousada #210 1907-94
Photograph by permission of his daughter Sandra.
He was married twice. Images of Sir Anthony's parents Julian George Lousada and Maude Reignier Conder, can be found below and also an image of his grandfather Herbert George Lousada.
Peter Lousada was a third cousin of Sir Anthony and said that his father and Sir Anthony visited the Jewish Museum together looking for Lousada material and had some disagreements about family history. Sir Anthony and Edgar Samuel also disagreed about the Lousadas - in that the former was convinced he was a relative of the Duque de Losada 1706-83. Their debate would be better informed today, for as we have found there is no close connection between the Duque and the Baruch Lousadas who left Iberia by 1640 and then dispersed from Livorno after a generation there. Sir Anthony was however a keen custodian of the family's Jewish history, donating three family prayerbooks in Spanish - one printed by David Tartas is in the Jewish Museum. The other pair of his prayerbooks is in Bevis Marks Archives.
He was admitted as a solicitor in 1933, and was a partner in the family firm of Stephenson Harwood & Tatham from 1935 to 1973. (A letter from H G Lousada shows that he and his son Julian were with the firm Tatham & Lousada in 1914). He specialised in private client work, particularly in the settlement of artists' estates, acting for John Minton, Ceri Richards, Keith Vaughan and many others. During the Second World War he worked in the Ministries of Economic Warfare and Production and in the Cabinet Office. His firm advised Christie's, and he acted for the fine art trade on many occasions, notably in the Brussels negotiations concerning VAT. He was a member of the Post Office's Advisory Committee on Stamp Design, and chaired the Government Arts Collections Advisory Committee from 1976 to 1983. It was for his services to art that he was knighted in 1975.
In the 1960s Lousada was able to give much of his time to public service in the arts. Lawyers are often good committee men, and make excellent chairmen. His firm has long acted for the Royal College of Art, and Lousada was a council member for a record 27 years, from 1952 to 1979. At the Tate Gallery, Lousada joined the Board of Trustees in 1952, becoming Chairman from 1967 to 1969 and Chairman of the Friends from 1971 to 1977. None of the positions was honorific; most demanded time and tact and energy and hard work, sometimes bringing with them the bruising experience in public life. Lousada achieved some notoriety when he announced the Tate's plans in 1969 to build on to the Millbank facade: it was perhaps an outrageous scheme, best seen as a desperate measure which achieved the purpose of getting Harold Wilson's government to make available the adjacent hospital site for the gallery's expansion.
Anthony Lousada was a skilled chairman and negotiator, whose talents were sought by many. An eloquent speaker, he was an urbane and charming man, with many friends and a wide range of interests. A member of the Garrick, he was a notable amateur sailor. He had an exceptional visual memory, and was something of a painter himself, particularly after his retirement; he showed his drawings at the Covent Garden Gallery in 1977 and 1981. It was always the company of artists that he most loved, particularly valuing his friendships with the sculptor Barbara Hepworth, and the painters Ben Nicholson, John Piper and John Hubbard. He was able to help artists with advice; to contribute modestly to their creative achievements was probably what gave him most satisfaction in a long and rewarding life.
Much of this material comes from The Independent 29 June 1994, which amongst many other details in the obituary, indicates that the French sculptor Louis Francois Roubiliac - who lived most of his eminent life in England - was a distant ancestor but whether this brought additional Sephardic genes is not evident.
|Herbert George Lousada #216
corresponded with his Australian cousin Edward Charles Lousada
We show here his ancestry together with that of his wife Marion Helen Mocatta, and this shows the Livorno background of many of his ancestors. He also had Ashkenasi ancestry as his mother was Juliana Goldsmid.
|Julian George Lousada #208
namesake of Julian Land
This image and the one to the left was captured on mobile telephone by John Bury in May 2012 at the Council Chamber of the West London Synagogue after a meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain. Both his grandmothers were named Juliana.
Reignier Conder #209 b1878
as reproduced by Harper and Queen Sept 1974 from a painting by J D Fergusson - the artist was a client of the lawyer Julian George Lousada. The painting was entitled 'Complexity: Mrs Julian Lousada' and was sold by Christies on 12 May 2012 for £157,250