Baron Brougham and Vaux Antique Victorian Calling Card


Fine embossed calling card for Henry Charles Brougham, 3rd Baron Brougham and Vaux (1836-1927), and an embossed calling card annotated in pencil by his wife Adora Frances Olga, daughter of Peter Wells and widow of Sir Richard Musgrave, 11th Baronet, in 1882, and Miss Musgrave.

From the collection of Richard and Mary Winslow, English aristocrats who had the Villa Winslow in Cannes during the 1890s and were friends with aristocrats and royals from all over the world. Mary was a great beauty and had by family traditon once been a mistress of the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII.

Brougham was the son of William Brougham, 2nd Baron Brougham and Vaux, and Emily Frances, daughter of Sir Charles Taylor, 1st Baronet. Lord Chancellor Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux, was his uncle. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge.

In 1857 Brougham was appointed a Clerk to the House of Lords, a position he held until 1886, when he succeeded his father in the barony and was himself able to take a seat in the upper chamber of parliament.

Lord Brougham and Vaux had one son and one daughter. Lady Brougham died in December 1925. Lord Brougham and Vaux survived her by less than two years and died in May 1927, aged 90, only 20 days after the death of his only son, the Hon. Henry. He was succeeded in the barony by his grandson, Victor.

Brougham Hall received a visit in 1905, from King, Edward VII. However, after World War I, Brougham Hall, in common with many other country houses, faced a severe financial crisis. This was compounded by the spendthrift nature of Victor Brougham, 4th Baron Brougham and Vaux, and his failed attempts to shore up income by becoming a professional gambler. The hall was sold by Victor, 4th Baron Brougham, attempting to pay his many debts, in 1934, and was thereafter sold again for demolition.

Largest Size: 7 x 10 cm approx

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