James Ward Study of Sheeps’ Heads 1836

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James Ward 1769–1859
Study of Sheeps’ Heads
Date 1836
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 495 x 768 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Art Fund 1943
Not on display

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Ward defended Blake against charges of madness, claiming that 'There can be no doubt of his having been what the world calls a man of genius. But his genius was of a peculiar character, sometimes above, sometimes below the comprehension of his fellow-men.' Ward was decidedly eccentric but he was among the artists who recognised the merits of Blake's group of woodcuts illustrating Robert Thornton's translation of Virgil.

August 2004

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