PONSONBY, Major-General Sir Henry Frederick. 20568



Autograph Letter Signed, to Frank Holl, the painter, forwarding the Queen’s commission of a portrait of Major-General Sir Frederick Roberts, “to be painted in the Uniform he wore on his march to Candahar”. 3 pp., fine, traces of former mounting. Balmoral, 29 May 1881. Major-General Sir Henry Frederick Ponsonby (1825 –1895), Queen Victoria’s Private Secretary. Frank Holl (1845-1888), painter, a regular contributor to The Graphic, completed 198 portraits of the celebrated men of his day between 1879 and 1888.