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James Ward (1769-1859), Engraver and painter of animals

Sitter in 4 portraits
Artist associated with 39 portraits
Painter and printmaker; Ward began his career as an engraver but aspired to the higher status of being a painter. Among a range of influences those of the rustic genre painter, George Morland, and of Peter Paul Rubens dominated his art. In the first quarter of the nineteenth century, Ward became the most sought after painter of animals of his day, painting mainly horses but also other animals as well as landscapes and genre scenes. His masterpiece is the monumental Gordale Scar (Tate Britain). Ward continued to be an exceptionally prolific artist throughout his long career but, in spite of this, his later years were plagued by financial difficulties.

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1684

James Ward

by James Ward
oil on panel, 1834
NPG 1684

309

James Ward

by James Ward
oil on canvas, 1848
NPG 309

D35758

Elizabeth Margaret Hibbert (née Fonnereau)

by James Ward, after John Hoppner
mezzotint, 1784-1859
NPG D35758

D35759

Elizabeth Margaret Hibbert (née Fonnereau)

by James Ward, after John Hoppner
mezzotint, 1784-1859
NPG D35759

D35757

George Hibbert

by James Ward, after John Hoppner
mezzotint, 1785-1859
NPG D35757

D24993

Lady Jane Dudley (née Grey)

by James Ward, after Robert Fulton
mezzotint, 1793
NPG D24993

D37194

Sir Robert Laurie, 5th Bt

by James Ward, after William Owen
mezzotint, 1794 or after
NPG D37194

D37195

Sir Robert Laurie, 5th Bt

by James Ward, after William Owen
mezzotint, 1794 or after
NPG D37195

D3544

Sir Robert Laurie, 5th Bt

by James Ward, after William Owen
mezzotint, 1794 or after
NPG D3544

D4949

Henry Redhead Yorke

by James Ward, published by and after William Hay
mezzotint, published 21 July 1796
NPG D4949

D4950

Henry Redhead Yorke

by James Ward, published by and after William Hay
mezzotint, published 21 July 1796
NPG D4950

D34146

Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis

by James Ward, published by Antonio Poggi, after Sir William Beechey
mezzotint, published 1799
NPG D34146

D33396

William Cleaver

by James Ward, after John Hoppner
mezzotint, 1800-1806
NPG D33396

D33397

William Cleaver

by James Ward, after John Hoppner
mezzotint, 1800-1806
NPG D33397

D35681

William Heberden the Elder

by James Ward, published by and after Sir William Beechey
mezzotint, early 19th century
NPG D35681

D14690

Richard Burke

by and published by James Ward, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 5 July 1800 (1782)
NPG D14690

D33547

King William IV

by James Ward, after Sir Martin Archer Shee
mezzotint, 1801
NPG D33547

D34089

George Frederick Cooke in the Character of Iago

by James Ward, after James Green
mezzotint, published 1801
NPG D34089

D34090

George Frederick Cooke in the Character of Iago

by James Ward, after James Green
mezzotint, published 1801
NPG D34090

D10711

King William IV

by James Ward, after Sir Martin Archer Shee
mezzotint, 1801
NPG D10711