Name: Ralph Howard
Suffix: 1st Viscount Wicklow
Death: 26 JUN 1789 1
Note: Created Vct Wicklow (I)
Note: Created Baron Clonmore, co Carlow (I)
Occupation: MP for Co. Wicklow
PCTS: Caricature painting by Richard Wilson of Ralph Howard getting into his carriage
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Change Date: 11 SEP 2010
Created Viscount Wicklow in 1785. (The Earldom was created for his widow).
Built Shelton Abbey in 1770 as a two storey typical mid-georgian country house with and eleven bay front. It was transformed to a Gothic Revival abbey in 1819 by the 4th Earl.
His son Ralph was 2nd Earl. He succeeded as Earl in 1807 from his mother, and died 1815.
The Hon. Mary Howard, youngest daughter of Ralph, viscount Wick low, by Alice, daughter and heiress of William Forward, esq. of Castle Forward, co. Donegal, married in 1797, the Rev. Thos. Hore, a younger son of Walter Hore, esq. of Harperstown, co. Wexford.
Notes on English Portraits at Burlington House, by C. H. Collins Baker, in The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs, Vol. 20, No. 108 (Mar., 1912), pp. 360-361
?... Kenelm Digby and Lord Wicklow are respectively a copy, and independent of Van Dyck...?
[Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641)]
Claude Joseph VERNET was commissioned by a wealthy young Anglo-Irishman, Ralph Howard (created 1st Viscount Wicklow in 1785), who was in Rome from autumn 1751 to March 1752 during his Grand Tour of Italy. Howard purchased a variety of works of art in Rome, including a landscape and the four marines by Vernet, landscapes and figure pieces by the contemporary British artist Richard Wilson, and had his own portrait painted by Pompeo Batoni (now in the J. B. Speed Museum, Lexington, Kentucky). In Vernet's account book the commission, probably made early in 1752, is recorded as follows: "For His Lordship Howard five paintings emperor canvas representing seascapes with different subjects of my choice, one has to be finished by May 1752 and the other by March 1753, the price being one hundred Roman crowns, I have to deliver them to Mr. Rosel and Mr. Belloni has to pay me for them." Vernet, who was exceptionally busy during this period, was late with the delivery of the Howard pictures. One of the five commissioned works turned out to be a landscape, The Falls of Tivoli, dispatched from Rome in January 1753 by James Russell, Howard's agent.
Richard Wilson: Caricature painting of Ralph Howard getting into his carriage while his tutor, Dr Benson, draws his attention to a quarrel between the courier ...
(Richard Wilson in Rome. I-The Wicklow Wilsons. By Brinsley Ford. The Burlington Magazine, Vol. 93, No. 578 (May, 1951), pp. 157-167)
Batoni portrait: size: 39 1/8 x 29 3/16 in. (99.4 x 74.1 cm.)
Signed: Center right, at base of column: P·B·1752·
Inscription(s): Frame, upper right in white chalk: S illegible ERLING
Provenance: Commissioned by Ralph Howard;
Collection of Robert Howard, 2nd Earl of Wicklow;
Collection of William Howard, 3rd Earl of Wicklow;
Collection of William Howard, 4th Earl of Wicklow;
Collection of Charles Francis Arnold, 5th Earl of Wicklow;
Collection of Cecil Ralph, 6th Earl of Wicklow;
Collection of Ralph Francis, 7th Earl of Wicklow;
Collection of William Cecil James, 8th Earl of Wicklow;
His sale, Shelton Abbey, Arklow, Ireland, October 24, 1950, lot 1740;
Lord A. Wharton, London;
His sale, Christie's, London, November 23, 1956, lot 51;
Purchased by A. Kauffmann, 1956;
M. H. Drey, Ltd., London, about 1958;
F. Kleinberger & Co., Inc., New York, by 1960;
Purchased by the J. B. Speed Art Museum, 1960
Father: Robert Howard b: 24 SEP 1683
Mother: Patience Boleyne
Alice Forward b: 1736
- William Howard b: JAN 1761
- Type: Web Site
Author: Nigel Batty-Smith
- Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage 92nd Edition