often in correctly attributed to Morland.
Prints is the seller - note watermark "R")
Size: 19" by 23".
Size: 24" by 28".
William after James WARD
Industrious Cottagers, Les habitants industrieuses de la
London: Published by Messrs. Wards & Co, 1 March 1801.
Colour printed mezzotint with added hand colour. In good
condition with the exception of being trimmed within the plate
mark. Image size (including text): 17 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches.
Sheet size: 18 7/8 x 23 5/8 inches.
A fine mezzotint, based on the picture of the same name sold
at Christies in 1807 for 12 guineas.
James Ward was one of the most noted artists of his day, his
individual style and superior skill distinguished him from his
contemporaries, and his outstanding work influenced the
development of British art. Considered to be one of the most
important animal painters of his generation, Ward also
produced portraits, landscapes, genre and history paintings.
He began his career as an engraver, studying under his brother
William, who later went on to engrave many of his paintings.
The images produced from the pairing of William and James Ward
epitomize the best of English art, their fine technical skill
and inspired artistic imagination combine to create enduring
pictures that speak of the taste and beauty of the age. The
work of James Ward is worthy of history's praise; it
influenced the art of Delacroix and Géricault, and changed
the face of British painting. This magnificent work is
reminiscent of the genre paintings of George Morland who
greatly influenced the work of James and William.
Lass' is listed as being published in 1785 and engraved by T
of Livingtone - the picture above this one seems to be a
section of the original engraving
appeared at ebay April 2005.