James Ward RA British, 1769-1859

In dramatic landscapes and as a painter of animals, James Ward achieved renown as one of the leading artists of the British Romantic movement, in the great age of landscape art which included Turner, Constable, Cotman, Varley and Cox. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1807 and a full member in 1811, but told Joseph Farington that he did not ‘wish to be admitted to the Academy as a Horse-Painter.’ At the time, despite George Stubbs’ achievement, animal painting was considered lowly in comparison to historical or allegorical painting.