The Art of James Ward

A prolific artist, James Ward, R.A. (1769–1859) was one of the finest animal, portrait, and landscape painters of Regency England. Brittle, pious, and argumentative, Ward worked well into the mid-nineteenth century, creating dynamic compositions that epitomized Romanticism. He was devoted to the art of Rubens and Van Dyck, and emulated them more than any of his contemporaries. This retrospective of James Ward’s work was drawn entirely from the Center’s collections of paintings, drawings, prints, and manuscripts, and offered viewers a rare opportunity to see the full range of this brilliant and neglected artist.

View works from the collection included in this exhibition here.


The exhibition was curated by Angus Trumble, Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Center.

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James Ward, Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire (detail), 1840, oil on panel, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection