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Miniature portrait of the Hon Henry Edward John Howard, afterwards Dean of Lichfield (1795-1868)


Artist: Anne Mee

Signed on the reverse: Portrait of/ Henry Edward John Howard/ afterwards/ Deacon of Lichfield./ Born Dec 1795./ Died Oct 8 1868./ Painted by Mrs. Mee./ Given to Elizabeth H Howard/ by her Mother./ 1878. (In another hand) Given to R.H. Howard, April 1915 (an in a further hand) Inherited by J.T. C. Howard 1965

Henry, the son of Frederick 5th Earl of Carlisle KG. PC, was born at Castle Howard, Yorkshire,
In 1820 he was ordained deacon and priest, and in 1822 appointed succentor of York Cathedral. He became dean of Lichfield and rector of Tatenhill, Staffordshire (a preferment worth £1,524 a year with a residence), on 27 Nov. 1833, and in the following year he also obtained the rectory of Donington, Shropshire, worth £1,000 per annum. He was a finished scholar and an eloquent preacher. He took a prominent part in, and contributed largely to, the restoration of Lichfield Cathedral.

Anne Mee obtained the patronage of George IV (when Prince of Wales) and was working at the Windsor Castle in 1790 and 1791. Sometime before 1804 she married Joseph Mee (died 1849) with whom she had six children before she was 33. She exhibited at the Royal Academy and the British Institute in 1804-37 and she was influenced by Cosway.

This is a delightful portrait showing spontaneity.
More Information
Year                 circa 1810.
Medium                 Watercolour
Provenance                 By Direct family descent
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