Charles Howard, Third Earl of Dorset was a courtier and a Member of Parliament, but was also noted for his cultural interests and his poetry. In 1698 he commissioned Sir John Vanbrugh, a fellow member if the Kit-Cat Club, to build Castle Howard as his new family seat in Yorkshire. This grand undertaking was financed through a combination of land revenue, loans, and Howard's successes at the gaming table – which provided almost one-third of his annual income.
Where to see this painting?
National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London, England, WC2H 0HE
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