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In a much more dramatic painting than traditional horse portraits, Ward depicts 'Walton' having thrown his rider, but starting back from his stable door. Ward produced three paintings of 'Walton', who had won 15 races between 1803 and 1806 and become a famous stallion. His more standard profile portrait was reproduced as a print. This more unusual version, some parts of which such as the stable door were reworked by Ward, was bought by a Mr Theobald at Ward’s sale in 1829.
English Heritage, Brodsworth Hall
oil on canvas
H 112 x W 147.5 cm
purchased, as part of the contents of Brodsworth Hall, from Pamela Williams by the National Heritage Memorial Fund and transferred to English Heritage, 1990
J WARD RA 1812