Social Victorians/People/Howe

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name: Curzon-Howe and Curzon
  • Earl Howe
    • Richard William Penn Curzon-Howe, 3rd Earl (1876 – 25 September 1900)
    • Richard George Penn Curzon, 4th Earl Howe (25 September 1900 – 1929)
  • Viscount Curzon is a courtesy title for the son and presumptive heir of the Earl of Howe.
  • Viscount Curzon
    • Richard George Penn Curzon (1876 – 25 September 1900)
  • Viscountess Curzon
    • Georgiana Elizabeth Spencer-Churchill Curzon (1883 – )
  • General Curzon 1880–1900

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality: British

Family[edit | edit source]

  • Richard William Penn Curzon-Howe, 3rd Earl Howe (14 February 1822 – 25 September 1900)[1]
  • Isabella Maria Katherine Anson Curzon-Howe (1832 – 29 March 1922)[2]
  1. Richard George Penn Curzon, 4th Earl Howe (28 April 1861 – 10 January 1929)
  2. Lady Evelyn Alice Curzon (10 April 1862 – 4 October 1913)
  3. Lady Edith Cecilia Curzon (10 May 1864 – 20 September 1936)
  4. Hon. Frederick Graham Curzon (5 March 1868 – 4 November 1920)


  • Richard George Penn Curzon, 4th Earl Howe (28 April 1861 – 10 January 1929)[3]
  • Georgiana Elizabeth Spencer-Churchill Curzon (14 May 1860 – 9 February 1906)[4]
  1. Francis Richard Henry Penn Curzon, 5th Earl Howe (1 May 1884 – 26 July 1964)

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1858 February 8, Richard William Penn Curzon-Howe and Isabella Maria Katherine Anson married.[2]

1883 June 4, Richard George Penn Curzon and Georgiana Elizabeth Spencer-Churchill married.[4]

1893 October 16, Florence Davis and Terence John Temple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, later 2nd Marquess of Dufferin and Ava, married.[5]

1897 July 2, Countess Howe (Lady Howe), her eldest son the Richard, Viscount Curzon and Georgiana, Viscountess Curzon attended the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball at Devonshire House.

1919 December 11, Richard George Penn Curzon and Florence Davis Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood married.[5]

Costume at the Duchess of Devonshire's 2 July 1897 Fancy-dress Ball[edit | edit source]

Isabella, Countess Howe (Lady Howe) (at 489) was present at the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball:

Countess Howe was Lady Howe of the year 1758, in a short-waisted white satin dress, embroidered in real gold, and a lace scarf draped across the front. She wore her hair as seen in portraits by Reynolds, and had superb jewels. She was accompanied by her eldest son, Viscount Curzon, in the dress of Admiral Lord Howe, husband of the Lady Howe of 1758.[7]:11, Col. 4b

Lafayette's portrait of "Isabella Maria Katherine (née Anson), Countess Howe as Lady Howe, A.D. 1796, after Gainsborough" in costume is #173 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[8] The printing on the portrait says, "Countess Howe as Lady Howe, A.D. 1796, after Gainsborough," with a Long S in Countess.[9]

Viscount Curzon, Richard George Penn Curzon (at 197) was at Table 10 and

  • Viscount Curzon (Richard George Penn Curzon), "in the dress of Admiral Lord Howe, husband of the Lady Howe of 1758," accompanied his mother.[7]:11, Col. 4b

Lafayette's portrait of "Richard George Penn Curzon, 4th Earl Howe when Viscount Curzon as Admiral Earl Howe" in costume is #162 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[8] The printing on the portrait says, "Viscount Curzon as Admiral Earl Howe."[10]

Georgiana Elizabeth Spencer-Churchill Curzon, Viscountess Curzon (at 168) sat at Table 6. She was dressed as La Reine Marie Leszuiska in the quadrille of the period of Louis XV and XVI.[11]

Lafayette's portrait of "Georgiana Elizabeth (née Spencer-Churchill), Countess Howe when Lady Curzon as Maria Leszczynska" in costume is #161 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[8] The printing on the portrait says, "Lady Georgiana Curzon as Maria Leszczynska."[12]

Questions and Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Present at the Duchess of Devonshire's ball (see also Curzon):
    1. Countess Howe (Lady Howe)
    2. Her eldest son the Richard, Viscount Curzon
    3. Georgiana, Viscountess Curzon
  2. These all had their portraits in the Album:
    1. Isabella, Countess Howe
    2. Viscount Curzon, Richard George Penn Curzon
    3. Georgiana Elizabeth Spencer-Churchill Curzon, Viscountess Curzon

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. "Richard Curzon-Howe, 3rd Earl Howe". Wikipedia. 2020-06-05. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Richard_Curzon-Howe,_3rd_Earl_Howe&oldid=960971693. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Isabella Maria Katherine Anson." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-11-21.
  3. "Richard George Penn Curzon, 4th Earl Howe." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-11-21.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Lady Georgiana Elizabeth Spencer-Churchill." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-11-21.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Florence Davis." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-11-21.
  6. "Lorna Katherine Curzon." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-11-21.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "The Duchess of Devonshire’s Historic Ball. Some of the Fancy Costumes." Supplement. The Leicester Chronicle and Leicestershire Mercury 10 July 1897, Saturday: 11 [of 12], Cols. 4a–b. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000173/18970710/141/0011.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball (1897): photogravures by Walker & Boutall after various photographers." 1899. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait-list.php?set=515.
  9. "Countess Howe as Lady Howe." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158536/Isabella-Maria-Katherine-ne-Anson-Countess-Howe-as-Lady-Howe-AD-1796-after-Gainsborough.
  10. "Viscount Curzon as Admiral Earl Howe." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158525/Richard-George-Penn-Curzon-4th-Earl-Howe-when-Viscount-Curzon-as-Admiral-Earl-Howe.
  11. "Fancy Dress Ball at Devonshire House." Morning Post Saturday 3 July 1897: 7 [of 12], Col. 4a–8 Col. 2b. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18970703/054/0007.
  12. "Georgiana Curzon as Maria Leszczynska." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158524/Georgiana-Elizabeth-ne-Spencer-Churchill-Countess-Howe-when-Lady-Curzon-as-Maria-Leszczynska.