Thomas Howard Earl of Arundel (1585-1646) and Alethea Talbot, his Countess (1585-1654), c 1800?
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Thomas Howard, 21st Earl of Arundel, 4th Earl of Surrey and 1st Earl of Norfolk (7 July 1585û4 October 1646) was a prominent English courtier during the reigns of King James I and King Charles I, but he made his name as a Grand Tourist and art collector rather than as a politician. When he died he possessed 700 paintings, along with large collections of sculpture, books, prints, drawings, and antique jewellery. Most of his collection of marble carvings, known as the Arundelian Marbles, was eventually left to the University of Oxford.
Alethea Howard, Countess of Arundel; (Sheffield, Yorkshire, 1585 û Alkmaar, 24 May 1654), née Lady Alethea Talbot. She was the youngest daughter of Gilbert Talbot, 7th Earl of Shrewsbury and his wife Mary Cavendish. Alethea was the sister of two other countesses: Mary Talbot Herbert, Countess of Pembroke (see image DCHQ200127), and Elizabeth Grey, Countess of Kent (see image DCHQ200223).
See image DCHQ200221 for their son Henry Frederick Howard, 22nd Earl of Arundel.
This image is one of a collection by the famous local antiquarian, Thomas Bateman, of Middleton by Youlgreave. (1821-1861). Bateman organized his collection by inserting them into a 4 volume copy of Lysons Magna Britannia, Derbyshire, creating a fascinating and unique illustrated record of the county. The purchase of the collection for Derbyshire Libraries was made possible by the generous bequest of Miss Frances Webb of Whaley Bridge, well known local historian, who died in December 2006.