Primrose and Foal
London: Published by Rudolph Ackermann and Rodwell & Martin and printed by Charles Hullmandell, 20 April 1823. Lithograph. State iii/iii. In good condition with the exception of some skillfully rendered repairs in the margins. Image size (including text): 13 1/4 x 17 5/8 inches. Sheet size: 19 x 23 1/2 inches.
A striking print of the Duke of Grafton's horse Primrose, by the celebrated animal painter James Ward.
This is a marvelous print of the Duke of Grafton's horse Primrose with her foal, from a series of 14 throughbred horses executed by Ward. 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.
C.R. Grundy James Ward p.57; Siltzer p.285; Mellon British Sporting and Animal prints p.197.