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WARD, James (1769--1859)
Some account of Mary Thomas of Tanyralt in Merionethshire, who has existed many years without taking food: and of Ann Moore, commonly called the fasting woman of Tutbury. Accompanied with portraits and illustrative etchings. By James Ward, Esq. R.A.
London: printed for the author. Sold by R. Ackermann; and Messrs. Colnaghi and Co., 1813.
[4], 11, [1] p., [7] etch. pl. ; 44.9 cm. (2°)

The author, a celebrated animal painter, was later commissioned by Soane to paint the posthumous portrait of Mrs Soane's dog Fanny which hangs in the No.13 Breakfast Parlour. The copy of this work in the Royal Academy of Arts has a printed note tipped-in at the end of the text: 'Since the preceding account was printed, Ann Moore has submitted to a second examination; the result of which has proved her an impostor ... On the 21st of April, 1813, the watch commenced ...' This note also states that Mary Thomas died 'some time in the last year'.

Binding Later C19th half dark green morocco-grain publisher's cloth, green paper boards. Bound by George Richmond for 3s., 25 April 1853. (Curatorial Papers/ Bailey/Parcel 1).

Reference Number 3548


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