By family descent to Major R.C.A. Sloane Stanley, until 1955; sale, Geneva, Christie's, 15 May 1990, lot 329
The sitter was the son of Henry Howard, 4th Earl of Carlisle, and his second wife Isabella Byron, the great-aunt of Lord Byron, the poet. He entered the House of the Lords in 1770 and in the same year married Margaret Caroline (d. 1824), daughter of Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford. In 1780 he was appointed viceroy of Ireland.
A great patron of the arts, he was part of the consortium who – after the French revolution – acquired the Orleans Collection of paintings, which was later housed at his family's seat, Castle Howard.
In good condition. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."