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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.

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Thomas Carlyle

by Edward Matthew Ward
pen and ink
NPG 2894


Horace Smith

by Edward Matthew Ward
pencil and wash, 1835
NPG 4578


Daniel Maclise

by Edward Matthew Ward
oil on panel, 1846
On display in Room 24 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 616


Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron Macaulay

by Edward Matthew Ward
oil on canvas, 1853
On display in Room 24 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4882


Thomas Webster

by Edward Matthew Ward
pencil, 1862
NPG 2879


Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll ('The Last Sleep of Argyll')

by Goupil & Co, after Edward Matthew Ward
photogravure, (1854)
NPG D7110


Victoria, Empress of Germany and Queen of Prussia

by Émile Desmaisons, after Edward Matthew Ward
lithograph, published 1857
NPG D33813


Douglas William Jerrold

by Edward Matthew Ward
pencil, 1853
NPG D10874


Samuel Johnson ('Dr Johnson awaiting an audience of Lord Chesterfield')

by Lumb Stocks, published by Art Union of London, after Edward Matthew Ward
engraving, published 1876
NPG D36541