Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle(1669-1738), Statesman
Sitter in 4 portraits
Charles Howard, Third Earl of Dorset was a courtier and a Member of Parliament, but was also noted for his cultural interests and his poetry. In 1698 he commissioned Sir John Vanbrugh, a fellow member if the Kit-Cat Club, to build Castle Howard as his new family seat in Yorkshire. This grand undertaking was financed through a combination of land revenue, loans, and Howard's successes at the gaming table - which provided almost one-third of his annual income.