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Regency Portraits Catalogue

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

A typescript list by C. K. Adams 1933 is in the NPG archive.

1779
Oil by Gilbert Stuart in Minneapolis Institute of Arts, half-length in 17th century costume with dog, signed and dated 1779 and inscribed on the dog's collar J WARD, reproduced Lawrence Park, Gilbert Stuart, 1926, IV, 878.

c.1785
Drawing by W. Ward formerly in Mrs E. M. Ward's collection, head as a boy, reproduced C. R. Grundy, James Ward RA, 1909 p 16.

1809
Stipple vignette published 1 March 1807 by James Cundee, head and shoulders as Mr Ward and on the same page as Mr Pratt.

c.1810
Pencil drawing self-portrait, head and shoulders aged c.40 inscribed on the mount: study of myself JW, exhibited Tate Gallery 1960 (58) lent by Colonel E. J. S. Ward.

1811
Miniature by Mary (Byrne) Green exhibited RA 1811 (607).

1815
Oil by John Jackson exhibited RA 1814 (613) but only known from the mezzotint by James Ward published 1835; a slight pencil drawing by John Jackson is in the RA library.

1817
Portrait by Edward Hastings exhibited RA 1817 (480) as 'J. Ward Esq'.

1821
Pencil and watercolour drawing self-portrait, head and shoulders profile to left signed and dated: JW. RA. 1821, was exhibited 'British Self-Portraits', Arts Council, 1962 (64) lent by Colonel E. J. S. Ward. An oil of about this date inscribed on the back: James Ward in his studio, by himself. From Mrs Ward's collection, was brought to the NPG in 1977 (colour slide in NPG).

1826
Soft-ground etching, artist unknown, half-length seated with hands crossed and facsimile of signature, was published by J. Pittman, 1 November 1826 probably in The Sporting Magazine.

1831
Self-portrait exhibited RA 1831 (292), possibly NPG 1684.

1833
Drawing by Miss M. Chalon exhibited RA 1833 (864). He also appears in a caricature drawing by J. J. and Alfred Chalon, 'Early Times', a soirée given by James Ward, reproduced in Mrs E. M. Ward's Memoirs of Ninety Tears, 1924, p 8.

c.1834
Oil by James Ward 'The Family Compact' exhibited British Institution 1834 and with Sabin Galleries 1958, reproduced Connoisseur, CXLVIII, 1958, xlvii; it contains a framed self-portrait, half-length to left holding palette, standing on the floor beside portraits of his wife and mother.

1843
Oil self-portrait, half-length with hand above his head signed and dated 1843, was in Victorian Exhibition 1892 (187) lent by Mrs E. M. Ward.

1846
Oil self-portrait exhibited RA 1846 (511).

1848
Oil self-portrait (NPG 309).

Crayon drawing by E. M. Ward (married JW's granddaughter Henrietta in May 1848), head in full-face signed and dated: E M Ward A.R.A. fecit July 27 1848, exhibited Third Exhibition of National Portraits, South Kensington, 1868 (7) lent by E. M. Ward.

1849
Woodcut by G. K. Childs in Art Journal, XI, 1849, p 181, bearded head nearly in profile to right, reproduced G. E. Fussell, James Ward RA, 1974, p 153.

c.1850
Pencil drawing by Mulgrave Phipps Jackson, head as an old man with bushy forked beard, was bought by the Savage Club from Jackson's widow and offered to the NPG in 1930.

1866
Monumental high relief tablet by J. H. Foley in Kensal Green Cemetery, 'The Muse of Painting', was engraved by R. A. Artlett for the Art Journal, V, 1866, p 256.

Identity doubtful
A portrait called James Ward, reproduced in E. Fletcher's Conversations of James Northcote, 1901, p 15 but representing a young man c.1840, appeared frequently at auction 1972-6.



This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.