Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779-1851) was a statesman—the first United States minister to Mexico—author, and botanist. He introduced to this country the Mexican flower later named for him: Euphorbia pulcherrima, commonly known as poinsettia. Malbone also portrayed Poinsett's sister, Susan, and Hugh Bridport (q.v.) portrayed Poinsett in later life.
the sitter, Charleston, South Carolina; descended in his family to Frances Mary Ann Lovell Izlar, Charleston, South Carolina; her son, Sydney O. Izlar, Charleston, South Carolina, 1894–ca. 1902; R. T. H. Halsey, New York, until 1938