Henrietta Mary Ada Ward(1832-1924), Historical genre painter; art teacher to the Royal family; wife of Edward Matthew Ward; mother of Sir Leslie Ward
Sitter in 7 portraits
Artist associated with 1 portrait
Henrietta Ward was one of the most successful British women artists of her time. Her father, grandfather and husband (George, James and E. M. Ward) were artists. Her son became the Vanity Fair artist 'Spy'. From 1846 to 1904, Ward exhibited at the Royal Academy. Her historical genre painting explored female heroism, with subjects such as Joan of Arc and Mary Queen of Scots. In the 1850s she taught Queen Victoria's children and received many royal commissions. She exhibited at home and abroad, including at the 1851 Great Exhibition, and was proposed for RA membership before women were eligible to join. In 1889, she signed a Declaration in Favour of Women's Suffrage, based on womens' contribution to public life.