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New research has allowed for a reassessment of the Earl's artistic achievements and role as one of the great patrons of his age.

Drawing on more than 130 works, the display chronicles the life of George Howard, an aristocrat and artist who adored to paint vast and exotic landscapes from his travels abroad, as well as sketch intimate portraits of his nine children and their family life.

But the exhibition is not all his own brushwork. Howard was also a great patron of the arts, supporting members of the Pre-Raphaelite group, such as Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris.

Examples of his considerable patronage in Cumbria are among the highlights of the exhibition, with a number of loans from private collections, many of which have never been seen by the public before.

Fittingly, Howard was one of the first to donate art work to what was to become Tullie House Museum. His gift of The Battle of Flodden Field by Burne-Jones was the inspiration for developing the art collection at the house.

The venue is also situated in close proximity to George and Rosalind Howard's favourite family home, Naworth Castle and its surrounding landscape can be seen in some of his finest works.

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