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Sir Frederic Cavendish Ponsonby

(1783-1837), Major-General

Regency Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 3 portraits
Ponsonby was a cavalry officer serving on Wellington's staff. It was he who brought to Wellington the news of Napoleon's abdication in 1814. 'You don't say so, upon my honour! Hurrah!' exclaimed the normally restrained duke, spinning round and snapping his fingers. At Waterloo, Ponsonby commanded the 12th Light Dragoons, charged with his regiment, was wounded several times and ridden over then lay out all night, but survived to become a distinguished general.

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Field Marshall the Duke of Wellington KG &c &c Giving Orders to his Generals Previous to a General Action, by, published by and after Anker Smith, by  Thomas Heaphy, published by  Rudolph Ackermann - NPG D42614

Field Marshall the Duke of Wellington KG &c &c Giving Orders to his Generals Previous to a General Action

by, published by and after Anker Smith, by Thomas Heaphy, published by Rudolph Ackermann
line and stipple engraving, published 8 August 1822
NPG D42614

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