James Ward

View in Tabley Park

1813–8

On display at Tate Britain

Artist
James Ward 1769–1859
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 940 x 1359 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Robert Vernon 1847
Reference
N00385

Display caption

This picture was commissioned from Ward by the owner of Tabley House, John Leicester. He was a prominent collector who also owned works by Turner, including a view of the lake and tower at Tabley. Ward had Turner’s painting in mind when he told his patron that he ‘had to tell a story that has been told before so beautifully’ but with ‘poetic liberties as to the Picturesque’. Ward claimed that his own version would attempt ‘a more rigid attention
to truth’. It was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1814.

Gallery label, February 2016

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