|The Earl Castle Stewart
Arthur Patrick Avondale STUART, is the grandson of Solomon R. Guggenheim. He is the 8th Earl Castle Stewart, and is the President of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Advisory Board.
Born in 1928 in Sussex, England, the third son of The Earl and Countess Castle Stewart. His mother, Eleanor, was the eldest daughter of Irene Guggenheim, née Rothschild, and Solomon Guggenheim. Patrick’s father, the 7th Earl, became the first President of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (SRGM), following the death of his father-in-law in 1949.
Educated at Eton, Patrick went on to study History at Trinity College, Cambridge University, and then served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Scots Guards (1946-48). He was a Trustee of the SRGM between 1979 and 1998. During this period, he also became its Vice-President.
He is active in supporting education and the arts through a selective range of patronages and private sponsorships. In 2011 he founded The Patrick Castle Stewart Centre for the Arts and he and his wife, Gillian, are Co-Chairs of the Family Committee.
Today, he still remains active in managing the family’s extensive forestry estate in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, the ancestral seat and home of the Castle Stewart family since 1660.
Patrick has on loan to the National Trust Northern Ireland his collection of 17th century oil canvases. It is considered one of the finest private collections in Northern Ireland and is on permanent public display at Ardress House, Country Antrim.