The Art of James Ward

Friday, May 21, 2004
Sunday, August 22, 2004

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

James Ward, Grey Arabian stallion (detail), the property of Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, ca. 1817, oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection