James Ward

View in Tabley Park

1813–8

Not on display

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

In 1819 this picture could be viewed by the public in Sir John Leicester’s London Gallery, in Mayfair. Leicester was a great supporter of British artists of the time, and his gallery showcased their work. He hoped that his collection would form the basis for a National Gallery of British art. He commissioned this picture from Ward in 1814. It depicts the Leicester family estate, Tabley Park in Cheshire. Ward has chosen as his subject a picturesque view of the lake and mock–gothic tower in the grounds.

Gallery label, October 2019

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