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438

James Ward, R.A.

The Obstinate Donkey

Estimate:

6,000

to
- 8,000 GBP

The Property of a Gentleman

James Ward, R.A.

James Ward, R.A.

The Obstinate Donkey

The Obstinate Donkey

Estimate:

6,000

to
- 8,000 GBP

Lot sold:

9,450

GBP

The Property of a Gentleman

James Ward, R.A.

London 1769 - 1859 Cheshunt

The Obstinate Donkey


signed and dated lower left: J WARD R.A. 1811 (WARD in ligature)

oil on canvas

unframed: 95 x 114.3 cm.; 37⅜ x 45 in.

framed: 109.9 x 132.2 cm.; 43¼ x 52 in.

The canvas is lined, the paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear and even. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a rather opaque varnish beneath which small retouchings are visible - some more recent than others. Most are small and cosmetic, but there are two lines of restoration, probably to old scratches or even possibly shallow tears: in the donkey's back, 8cm. long, and in the vines to the left of the girl in white, 15cm. long. The paint presents well in its current state and is in overall good condition.


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By descent from the artist to his son, George Raphael Ward (1799–1879), London;
Mrs D. Ashton, Knutsford, Cheshire;
By whom sold, London, Sotheby's, 28 November 1973, lot 85, for £5,000 to Baile;
With Beaton-Brown, London, before 1991;
From whom acquired by the present owners.
C. Reginald Grundy, James Ward, R.A., London 1909, p. 37, no. 13;
O. Beckett, The Life and Work of James Ward. The Forgotten Genius, Lewes 1995, p. 188, no. 5.
London, Royal Academy, 1811, no. 208;
London, Royal Academy, Old Masters and deceased masters of the British School, 1872, no. 20 (lent by George R. Ward).