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WARD, James (1769--1859)
An explanatory description of the Battle of Waterloo, in an allegory, painted for the directors of the British Institution, founded June, 4, 1805, for the express purpose of encouraging the fine arts now exhibiting at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly; with moral reflections, by James Ward, Esq. R.A. Size of the picture, thirty-five feet, by twenty-one feet.
London: stereotyped and printed by J. M'Gowan, 16, Great Windmill Street, 1821.
[2], 35, [1] p., [1] fold. pl. ; 24.3 cm. (4º)

After its public exhibition in Piccadilly Ward's huge allegorical painting of the Battle of Waterloo was presented by the British Institution to the Royal Hospital at Chelsea, where Soane, as Clerk of Works, would have been responsible for making arrangements for its display. In the following year Soane commissioned Ward, a celebrated animal painter, to paint the posthumous portrait of Mrs Soane's lapdog Fanny which hangs in the No.13 Breakfast Parlour. Hooked on Books 9.8.

Copy Notes Inscribed on half-title John Soane / 15 Oct.r 1821. Bound in a collection of pamphlets.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-rule spine, black spine-label lettered 'Epistle To The Emperor of China &c &c.', numbered '33' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 1523


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