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Charles Philip Yorke, 5th Earl of Hardwicke

(1836-1897), Sportsman and landowner

Sitter in 4 portraits
Joined the Army in 1858, and served in India but resigned his commission in 1861. He was closely involved with the sporty set of Edward, Prince of Wales and was well known as a society dandy. Indeed, he is thought to be the 'Champagne Charlie' of the popular song. He was fond of horse racing, and lost a great deal of money on the horses. The Hardwicke Stakes at Newmarket were named after him. Lady Battersea described him in 'faultless attire, with his carefully arranged satin tie, his beautiful pearl pin, his lustrous hat balanced at a certain angle on his well brushed hair, his coat sleeves showing precisely the same amounts of white cuff, his pleased-with-himself-and-the-world expression.'

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Charles Philip Yorke, 5th Earl of Hardwicke, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 4717

Charles Philip Yorke, 5th Earl of Hardwicke

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 9 May 1873
NPG 4717

Charles Philip Yorke, 5th Earl of Hardwicke ('Statesmen. No. 170. '), by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG D43639

Charles Philip Yorke, 5th Earl of Hardwicke ('Statesmen. No. 170. ')

by Carlo Pellegrini
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 9 May 1874
NPG D43639

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