Date: ca. 1780
Frederick Howard was from one of the most powerful and oldest English noble families. He began his adulthood as a young man of fashion but became a diplomat and administrator. His rise through the ranks of British power began in 1767 with inclusion in the Order of the Golden Thistle. The green ribbon and medal indicate that honor. This portrait references his appointment as lord lieutenant of Ireland in 1780. He was 47 years old at the time. Artist George Romney, one of the leading portrait artists of the day, was a logical choice for such an important portrait.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: H: 30 x W: 25 in.
Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection
Category: Paintings - Portraits
Purchased January 6, 1958 from Newhouse Galleries. From the collections of Frederick Howard, Fifth Earl of Carlisle, London, England, the sitter; and a member of the Howard family. Recorded and described in "George Romney" by Humphry Ward and W. Roberts, London, England, 1904, Volume 11, page 25. Recorded in "George Romney by Lord Ronald Sutherland Gower, London, England, 1904, page 113; and "George Romney" by Sir Herbert Maxwell, London, England, 1902, pages 172 and 198.