Peter How was an important Whitehaven merchant with a fortune based on the tobacco trade.

He had interests in coal and iron-ore mines and set up an iron-working forge at Low Mill in 1750. Debts incurred by the forge and the decline in the tobacco trade may have contributed to his bankruptcy in 1763. This portrait shows his second wife, Christian Crakeplace with the two children.


By descent to R.W.W. How.

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