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Portrait miniature - Frederick Ponsonby, 3rd Earl of Bessborough
  • Frederick Ponsonby, 3rd Earl of Bessborough
    Cosway, Richard RA, born 1742 - died 1821
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Frederick Ponsonby, 3rd Earl of Bessborough

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1780 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cosway, Richard RA, born 1742 - died 1821 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Water-colour on ivory

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:

    P.44-1910

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case RMC, shelf 8, box Deep drawer/Box

Frederick Ponsonby married Lady Henrietta Frances Spencer in November 1780. The portrait may have been commissioned at about that time. The V&A holds a miniature of Henrietta Frances, Countess of Bessborough (P.45-1910), which forms a pair with this one. It is also by Richard Cosway.

Physical description

Portrait, head and shoulders, turned to right, eyes facing to front; hair curled and wearing a green coat with a cravat. The portrait is set into a circular frame edged with diamonds.

Place of Origin

England (probably, painted)

Date

ca. 1780 (painted)

Artist/maker

Cosway, Richard RA, born 1742 - died 1821 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Water-colour on ivory

Dimensions

Height: 34 mm, Width: 31 mm

Descriptive line

Portrait miniature of Frederick Ponsonby, 3rd Earl of Bessborough, ca. 1780, watercolour on ivory, painted by Richard Cosway (1742-1821).

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Emma Rutherford and Bendor Grosvenor, Secret Faces London: Philip Mould Ltd, 2008.

Production Note

Frederick Ponsonby married Lady Henrietta Spencer in November 1780. It is possible that the portrait may have been commissioned around that time.

Materials

Water-colour; Ivory

Categories

Portraits; Portraits

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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