Charles Francis Arnold Howard, 5th Earl of Wicklow (Biographical details)

Charles Francis Arnold Howard, 5th Earl of Wicklow (politician/statesman; collector; Irish; Male; 1839 - 1881)

Also known as

Howard, Charles Francis Arnold; Wicklow

Address

8 Chesham Street, Belgrave Square

Biography

Representative peer for Ireland and state steward to the Duke of Marlborough when Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. He inherited through his family the collection of prints and drawings formed by his distant ancestor Hugh Howard (1675-1737, qv) which he sold in two sales at Sotheby's in 1873-4. Before the sale the BM was allowed to buy what it wanted and could afford, and these works cost £1421 5s 6d in total. They were registered as 1874,0808.1 to 2449. In Reid's report to the Trustees dated 5 November 1873 he specifically stated that the collection had been formed by Hugh Howard, and this information was repeated on the titlepages of the two Sotheby sale catalogues. For this reason, Howard has been entered on the records of all the prints as the previous owner. It is theoretically possible that some prints had been added later, but the absence of any prints later than the 1730s, and the consistent early XVIIIc taste and character of the collection makes this very unlikely (AVG).

Bibliography

Sales Sotheby's 12 December 1873 and 27 November 1874