Lot 7
  • 7

James Ward, R.A.

1,000 - 1,500 GBP
3,500 GBP
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  • James Ward, R.A.
  • a man and his dog asleep
  • signed with initials and inscribed l.r.: JWD. RA.; inscribed with shorthand u.r.; indistinctly inscribed l.c. 
  • pencil
  • 19 by 27 cm.; 7 ½ by 10 ½ in.


P & D Colnaghi, London where bought by Sir David Scott in July 1970

Catalogue Note

The style of this drawing is consistent with Ward's early work in the first two decades of the nineteenth century. The figure of the man sleeping in a stable manger bears similarities with the model that posed for a painting of 1810, The Swineherd (Bristol City Art Galleries). The canine companion in the present picture may  have been based upon Vic, Napoleon's mastiff which was captured at Vittoria in the Peninsular War. Ward painted Vic around 1820 (private collection). The confident style of the drawing is similar to Ward's annotated notebooks from the period 1810 to 1825 held at the Royal Academy Library.