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John William Ponsonby, 4th Earl of Bessborough

(1781-1847), Politician; MP for several constituencies

Sitter associated with 37 portraits
Ponsonby entered Parliament as Baron Duncannon in 1834. He served in several senior government posts including Home Secretary and Lord Privy Seal. He was also briefly Lord Lieutenant of Ireland under Lord John Russell. The Ponsonby family formed an integral part of the Whig political and social network and Duncannon was related to many of the leading figures who supported the Whig cause.

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The House of Commons, 1833, by Sir George Hayter - NPG 54

The House of Commons, 1833

by Sir George Hayter
oil on canvas, 1833-1843
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 54

John William Ponsonby, 4th Earl of Bessborough, by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer - NPG 4915

John William Ponsonby, 4th Earl of Bessborough

by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
pen and wash, circa 1835
NPG 4915

The Sleeping Beauty or Tellers Catching a Stray Vote, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41215

The Sleeping Beauty or Tellers Catching a Stray Vote

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 5 August 1833
NPG D41215

Seconding a Motion or the Party of the Movement, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41217

Seconding a Motion or the Party of the Movement

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 16 August 1833
NPG D41217

Blind-Man's-Buff, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41267

Blind-Man's-Buff

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 22 July 1834
NPG D41267

Actaeon, by John ('HB') Doyle, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41274

Actaeon

by John ('HB') Doyle, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 1 September 1834
NPG D41274

Receiving the Fatal News!, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Ducôte & Stephens, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41290

Receiving the Fatal News!

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Ducôte & Stephens, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 1 December 1834
NPG D41290

Unhappy Ghosts Crossing the Styx, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Ducôte & Stephens, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41293

Unhappy Ghosts Crossing the Styx

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Ducôte & Stephens, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 11 December 1834
NPG D41293

Merry Go Round, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Ducôte & Stephens, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41327

Merry Go Round

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Ducôte & Stephens, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 15 May 1835
NPG D41327

A Family Group, framed, glazed and ready to be hung up at Brookes's, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Ducôte & Stephens, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41329

A Family Group, framed, glazed and ready to be hung up at Brookes's

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Ducôte & Stephens, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 10 June 1835
NPG D41329

The Modern Orpheus, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Ducôte & Stephens, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41335

The Modern Orpheus

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Ducôte & Stephens, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 10 July 1835
NPG D41335

A Fair Game, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Ducôte & Stephens, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41337

A Fair Game

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Ducôte & Stephens, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 10 July 1835
NPG D41337

A Swinish Multitude, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41349

A Swinish Multitude

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 7 October 1835
NPG D41349

A Scene of Confusion, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41357

A Scene of Confusion

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 30 January 1836
NPG D41357

The Irish Tutor, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41366

The Irish Tutor

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 29 April 1836
NPG D41366

A Battering Train, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41374

A Battering Train

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 6 June 1836
NPG D41374

Descent of the Great Balloon, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41387

Descent of the Great Balloon

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 22 October 1836
NPG D41387

Don Carlos and the In-quiz-ition in London, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41402

Don Carlos and the In-quiz-ition in London

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 10 February 1837
NPG D41402

An Old Song to a New Tune!, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41422

An Old Song to a New Tune!

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 17 June 1837
NPG D41422

The Royal Cosset, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41450

The Royal Cosset

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 5 February 1838
NPG D41450

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