Present Whereabouts Unknown.
The sitter (17 January 1854 – 18 August 1926) was the daughter and heiress of Baron Strathcona & Mount Royal. Margaret Charlotte Smith, married Dr. Robert Jared Bliss Howard in 1888; under a patent of 1900 the succession to Lord Strathcona’s title (1897) was granted in succession to his daughter and her heirs male. Like her husband she also trained as a doctor.
Painted in London in 1898. Muller-Ury mentioned in a letter to James J. Hill written from 9 Pembroke Studios, Pembroke Gardens, Kensington, London on October 14, 1898 that ‘…At present I am finishing Mrs. Howard’s portrait wich (sic) promises to be good…’ (Hill Papers: James J. Hill Reference Library, St. Paul).