View of Cambridge from Castle Hill by James Ward

As well as training as an engraver, Ward studied anatomy and agreed to produce portraits of various cattle breeds for the Agricultural Society, resulting in him becoming one of the most significant animal painters of his generation.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
44.5 x 95.3 cm
Art Fund grant:
£21,500 ( Total: £46,000)
Acquired in:
2015
Vendor:
Peter Johnson Fine Art

This rare panoramic painting depicts the intricate architecture of Cambridge, as well as rural farm workers, animals and the distant rolling hills.

Provenance

Believed to have been commissioned by Duke of Northumberland; by whom gifted to Mr and Mrs P.E. Seguier; by whom gifted to G Leggatt; by whom gifted to Percy Johnson; by descent in the Johnson family.

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