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Edward James Herbert, 3rd Earl of Powis (1818-1891)

Sir Francis Grant PRA (Kilgraston 1803 - Melton Mowbray 1878)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1845 (sitting) - 1848 (engraved)

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

749 x 622 mm (29 1/2 x 24 1/2 in)

Place of origin

England

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Collection

Powis Castle and Garden, Powys (Accredited Museum)

NT 1180934

Caption

Edward Herbert, 3rd Earl of Powis, was educated at Eton College and St John's College, Cambridge, where he was president of the University Pitt Club. He became MP for Shropshire North in 1843, and held the seat for five years until 1848 when he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords. In 1875, at the age of 67, he was offered the Viceroyalty of India by then Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli. However, he declined, fearing his health ‘would not be suited to the rigours of the tropical climate’.

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, Edward James Herbert, 3rd Earl of Powis (1818-1891) by Sir Francis Grant (Kilgraston 1803 - Melton Mowbray 1878), 1845/8. A half-length portrait, as a young man, facing, right, in black coat and buff waistcoat. Engraved by H.Cousins in 1848. Included in the artist's sitters book 1845.

Provenance

Accepted by HM Treasury on 21st March, 1963 in lieu of tax and conveyed to National Trust ownership on 29th November 1963.

Credit line

Powis Castle, The Powis Collection (National Trust)

Makers and roles

Sir Francis Grant PRA (Kilgraston 1803 - Melton Mowbray 1878), artist

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