Regency Portraits Catalogue

John William Ponsonby, 4th Earl of Bessborough (1781-1847), Politician; MP for several constituencies

c.1790
Miniature by Cosway as a child with his sister Caroline (Williamson, History of Portrait Miniatures, 1904, reproduced p 118).

1803
Oil by Shee exhibited RA 1803 (31).

c.1820
Pencil and wash drawing by Abraham Wivell in collection of the Earl of Crawford and Balcarres.

1821-3
Watercolour drawing by Stephanoff, Pugin and Bowyer in the Palace of Westminster, 'expressing disgust at the late proceedings against Her Majesty', engraved in mezzotint by James Scott.

c.1830
Silhouette of about 1830 is reproduced in General Sir John Ponsonby, The Ponsonby Family, 1929, p 112.

c.1839
Oil by Stephen Catterson Smith in National Gallery of Ireland, oval head and shoulders in peer's robes, Star and Jewel of St Patrick.

1837-41
Several drawings for political satires by John Doyle are in the British Museum (Laurence Binyon, Catalogue of Drawings by British Artists … in the British Museum, II, 72, 93, 147, 153).

1841
Oil by W. F. Wainwright, exhibited RA 1841 (597).

1853
A small bust by Terence Farrell exhibited RHA 1853.



This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.