James Ward (British, 1769-1859)
Bulls Fighting, with a View of St. Donatt’s Castle, Glamorganshire, Signed; rejected from the Royal Academy 1804
Oil on panel
52 x 89 ¾ in. (132 x 228 cm)


Ward specialized in animal paintings. This work is based on a landscape by Rubens. The President of the Royal Academy considered that its ‘perfection of execution’ made Rubens seem ‘gross and vulgar.’ Constable, however, saw it as proof that a ‘production made upon a picture’ is inferior to one ‘founded on original observation.’


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