Oil painting on canvas, Adelbert Wellington Brownlow Cust, 3rd Earl Brownlow, GCVO, PC, MP (1844-1921) by George Frederick Watts, OM, RA (London 1817 - Compton 1904), signed lower right: G F Watts, circa 1868. A half-length portrait, turned to the left, left profile, bearded, in brown dress with white collar. He was the son of John Hume Egerton, Viscount Alford (1812-1851) and Lady Marian Margaret Compton (1817-1888). He married on 22 June 1868 at Ford Castle, Northumberland, Lady Adelaide Chetwynd-Talbot (1844/5-1917), daughter of Henry John Chetwynd-Talbot, 18th Earl of Shrewsbury and Lady Sarah Elizabeth Beresford. He was educated at Eton. He was MP (Conservative) for North Shropshire between 1866 and 1867; Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire in 1867 and succeeded to the title of 4th Baron Brownlow of Belton on 20 February 1867; to the title of 3rd Viscount Alford of Alford on 20 February 1867 and to the title of 3rd Earl Brownlow on 20 February 1867. He was Parliamentary Secretary to the Local Government Board between 1885 and 1886 and invested as a Privy Counsellor in 1887; was Paymaster-General between 1887 and 1889, and Under-Secretary of State for War between 1889 and 1892. He was Volunteer Aide-de-Camp to Queen Victoria in 1897; Volunteer Aide-de-Camp to King Edward VII; Volunteer Aide-de-Camp to King George V and was made Knight Grand Cross, Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) in 1921. He was a Trustee of the National Gallery. He died on 17 March 1921 at age 76 at Belton, without issue. On his death, the Earldom of Brownlow and Viscountancy of Alford became extinct.
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) fromEdward John Peregrine Cust, 7th Baron Brownlow, C. St J. (b.1936) in 1984
Belton House, The Brownlow Collection (acquired with the help of the National Heritage Memorial Fund by the National Trust in 1984)
Makers and roles
George Frederic Watts, OM, RA (London 1817 - Compton 1904), artist