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John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer (1835-1910), Politician, Lord President of the Council and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland

Sitter in 37 portraits
A Whig politician who played a prominent role in Liberal politics for almost forty years. Elected MP in 1857, he came to the fore in 1867 during the Second Reform Act which, unlike many in his party, he supported. He was a member of successive Liberal governments, and a member of the cabinet in all except the first. Irish politics came to be a major preoccupation of his political career. As Lord Lieutenant (Viceroy) of Ireland, Spencer was given the difficult task of carrying out the provisions of the Irish Land Acts. In 1892 he was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty. His shipbuilding programme and steps to improve naval defences were of immense value when the First World War broke out.

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2874

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.')
pencil, 1890s?
NPG 2874

Ax7451

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by Robert Boning
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax7451

x127216

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by Mason & Co (Robert Hindry Mason)
albumen cabinet card, early 1870s
NPG x127216

x5984

The Liberal Cabinet, 1880

by Unknown photographer
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1880
NPG x5984

x26528

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by James Russell & Sons
albumen carte-de-visite, mid 1880s
NPG x26528

x96413

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1883
NPG x96413

x12919

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype print, October 1903
NPG x12919

x12920

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype print, October 1903
NPG x12920

x12921

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype print, October 1903
NPG x12921

x12922

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype print, October 1903
NPG x12922

x26532

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by George Charles Beresford
bromide print, October 1903
NPG x26532

D43438

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer ('Statesmen No. 53.

by Carlo Pellegrini
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 2 July 1870
NPG D43438

D20721

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by Joseph Brown, after Henry Tanworth Wells
stipple engraving, 1878 or after
NPG D20721

D9944

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by Joseph Brown, after Henry Tanworth Wells
stipple engraving, 1878 or after
NPG D9944

x17090

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen cabinet card
NPG x17090

x26529

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
carbon print
NPG x26529

x26530

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
carbon print
NPG x26530

x26531

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
carbon print
NPG x26531

x96414

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1883
NPG x96414

x3669

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by York & Son
lantern slide, 1890s
NPG x3669

x6592

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1903
NPG x6592

x6593

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1903
NPG x6593

x197847

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by Ernest Herbert ('E.H.') Mills, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
postcard print, circa 1906
NPG x197847

x197848

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by Reginald Haines, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, circa 1906
NPG x197848

Ax38677

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by Unknown photographer
albumen carte-de-visite
NPG Ax38677

D42010

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by Samuel Cousins, after Henry Tanworth Wells
mezzotint, mid 19th century
NPG D42010

D42012

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by Joseph Brown, after Henry Tanworth Wells
stipple engraving, 1878 or after
NPG D42012

D42011

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by Riddle & Couchman, published by The Pictorial World, after London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
chromolithograph, published 31 March 1883
NPG D42011

D44149

"The Cabinet Council, 1883" (Gladstone and 13 colleagues)

by Théobald Chartran ('T')
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 27 November 1883
NPG D44149

D42009

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer

by Gerald Philip Robinson, published by Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd, after Francis Montague ('Frank') Holl
mezzotint, published 1 February 1890 (1888)
NPG D42009

D44623

"Mixed Political Wares: Methodical & Methodist, Babble and Bluster and Faithful & Faddist"

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 3 December 1892
NPG D44623

D42236

Key to Private View of the Old Masters Exhibition, Royal Academy, 1888

after Henry Jamyn Brooks
photograph, 1919 or after
NPG D42236

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