A major exhibition will open at Lowewood Museum on 21 September 2019, commemorating 250 years since the birth of Royal Academy artist James Ward.

Known as the greatest animal painter of the 1800s, James Ward ranks among the leading artists of the British Romantic movement, particularly for his depiction of horses and dramatic landscapes. An artist of international importance, he lived at Roundcroft Cottage, Cheshunt for the last 31 years of his life, where he died aged 90.

The exhibition has been made possible through a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant. With money raised by National Lottery players, the exhibition and associated project celebrates the life and work of Ward. It reveals the complex and often difficult life experienced by Ward, and the legacy he left.

When: Saturday 21 September – Saturday 25 January 2019

Where: Lowewood Museum, High Street, Hoddesdon, EN11 8BH

Opening times: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,10am–4pm, Saturday 10am–5pm      

Free entry

Highlights to see include the magnificent ‘Fight between a lion and a Tiger’ and ‘The Moment’, a dramatic depiction of what is thought to be King George III’s horse Adonis, being threatened by a striking serpent.

With works on loan from the Tate London and The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, the exhibition will showcase a spectacular collection of Ward’s art. Ward was commissioned by the Board of Agriculture to record various livestock around Britain; this work and a series of animal portraits had a great impact on his career, establishing his reputation as a skilled animal artist.

Ward was especially skilled at painting horses, for which he received critical acclaim. His abilities led to a commission to paint Wellington’s horse, Copenhagen and Napoleon’s Marengo.

For more information contact:

Carly Hammond, Museum, Heritage and Culture Specialist, 01992 716882 or email museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk