George James Howard, a Liberal M.P. and amateur artist, was the only son of Charles Wentworth George Howard, and Mary, the second daughter of Sir James Parke, Baron Wensleydale. He succeeded his uncle, William George Howard (1808-1889), to become the ninth Earl of Carlisle in 1889. In 1864 he married Hon. Rosalind Stanley, the youngest daughter of the second Lord Stanley of Alderley. She was an active Radical, and oversaw the running of the family estates at Naworth Castle, Carlisle and Castle Howard, Yorkshire. They had six sons and five daughters. Howard was succeeded by his son, Charles James Stanley Howard (1867-1912), Viscount Morpeth.
Howard was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. On the death of his father in 1879 he was elected Liberal M.P. for East Cumberland. He lost the seat in 1880, but regained it in 1881, retaining it until 1885.
Howard, who was a keen amateur landscape watercolourist, studied under JW's friend Alphonse Legros and Giovanni Costa, and was close friends with artists such as Edward Burne-Jones, Frederic Leighton, George Frederick Watts, Thomas Armstrong, Pepys Cockerell and Sir Charles Holroyd. Watts painted his portrait (Limnerslease). Burne-Jones possibly introduced him to JW (#08061). He was a Trustee of the National Gallery for over thirty years. In 1910 he published A Picture Song-Book, a set of coloured illustrations to old English songs.
Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage, London, 1896; 'George James Howard', 1912, Dictionary of National Biography Online, Oxford, 1997 (accessed 6 October 2003).