Edward Matthew Ward(1816-1879), History painter
Sitter in 16 portraits
Artist associated with 10 portraits
Edward Matthew Ward was a painter. He entered the Royal Academy schools in 1835 and the following year he went abroad for further study, visiting Paris and Venice on the way to Rome, where he spent three years. Ward's first work of any consequence was Cimabue and Giotto, which he sent back to the Royal Academy show of 1839. In 1852 he was commissioned to produce eight pictures for the Palace of Westminster, on subjects drawn from the English civil wars, the most admired of which is the Last Sleep of Argyll (1860s) in the Commons Corridor of the Houses of Parliament.