Howard Aston Allport was the son of Sir James Allport. Sir James was the General Manager of the Midland Railway from 1853 to 1857 and then from 1860 to 1880. From 1857 to 1860 he was a Director of the Midland Railway, a position which he resumed from 1880 until 1892. Sir James played a key role in the expansion of the Midland Railway and was one of the first railway managers to be knighted.
This portrait was commissioned while Howard Aston Allport was the owner of Wharncliffe Woodmoor Colliery, South Yorkshire. During this period the colliery was situated on the estate of Lord Wharncliffe, from whom the mining rights were leased. Howard Aston Allport lived at Dodworth Grove near Barnsley.
Where to see this painting?
National Coal Mining Museum for England
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