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2/8/2012 - Historic portrait on loan

An historic portrait of a Cumbrian politician and philanthropist is going on display at Newton Rigg College thanks to Cumbria County Council.

The portrait of Henry Charles Howard was presented on long-term loan at a ceremony on Wednesday 1 August at the college.

Henry Charles Howard of Greystoke Castle was a Cumberland County Councillor between 1889 and his death in 1914 and served as the council Chairman from 1892 to 1913.

He is an important figure in the history of Newton Rigg being one of the founding fathers, in the late 1890s, of the Dairy School and Demonstration Farm, an agricultural education establishment based at Newton Rigg Farm.

After his death in 1914 the Henry Charles Howard Exhibition Scholarship was set up from funds raised as a memorial to him, this fund also paid for the portrait.

The official handover of the portrait took place after the Newton Rigg Society Reunion Farm Walk when Councillor Gary Strong presented the portrait to the college.

Councillor Strong said: "Cumbria County Council is pleased to be able to loan this important historic portrait of Henry Charles Howard to Newton Rigg. I am sure the students will be interested to learn some of the history of their college."

John Rigg from The Newton Rigg Society said: "Henry Charles Howard was instrumental in the creation of the educational establishment that is now Newton Rigg College and would be very proud that his portrait will grace its walls for all to see. I would like to thank Cumbria County Council for loaning it to us."