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.
by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 5 August 1833
by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Ducôte & Stephens, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 10 June 1835
- Frederick Ponsonby, 3rd Earl of Bessborough (father)
- Henrietta Frances ('Harriet') Ponsonby (née Spencer), Countess of Bessborough (mother)
- John Ponsonby, 5th Earl of Bessborough (son)
- Frederick George Brabazon Ponsonby, 6th Earl of Bessborough (son)
- William Ponsonby, 1st Baron de Mauley (brother)
- Georgiana Cavendish (née Spencer), Duchess of Devonshire (aunt)
- Hon. Frances Anna Georgiana Kinnaird (née Ponsonby) (niece)
- Lady Caroline Lamb (sister)
- Sir Frederic Cavendish Ponsonby (brother)
- Frederick John Ponsonby (nephew)
- Hon. Gerald Henry Brabazon Ponsonby (son)
- Sir Henry Frederick Ponsonby (nephew)
- Sir Spencer Cecil Brabazon Ponsonby-Fane (né Ponsonby) (son)
- John Spencer, 1st Earl Spencer (grandfather)
- (Margaret) Georgiana Spencer (née Poyntz), Countess Spencer (grandmother)
- George John Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer (uncle)
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