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James Ward, 1769–1859
Looking Upwards from Devil's Bridge, Cardiganshire, Wales
Materials & Techniques:
Watercolor, gouache and graphite on medium, moderately textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 13 7/8 x 23 3/4 inches (35.2 x 60.3 cm)

Collector's mark: Thomas Esmond Lowinsky (Lugt 2420a)

Signed in brown ink, lower right: "JWD. RA."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
bridge (built work) | landscape | rocks (landforms) | water
Associated Places:
Cardiganshire | Cymru | United Kingdom | Wales
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IIIF Manifest:

James Ward began his career as an engraver but then turned to animal paintings and large-scale landscapes. In choosing this close-up view of the waterfalls at Devil’s Bridge, Ward intimately engages with the particulars of the landscape, paying heed to the unique textures of rock, water, and vegetation. These landscape components are featured in larger-scale works from the area, notably the sweeping mountain scenes which attracted so many visitors to Wales. This work’s dynamism arises from the different mediums used and its varying degrees of detail and styles of representation, notably in its graphic quality, with penciled outlines and cross-hatching.

Gallery label for Art in Focus: Wales (Yale Center for British Art, 2014-04-04 - 2014-08-10)

Art in Focus : Wales (Yale Center for British Art, 2014-04-04 - 2014-08-10) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

James Ward (Yale Center for British Art, 2004-05-21 - 2004-08-22) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Yale Center for British Art, Wales, New Haven, 2014, pp. 18-19, 21, V2519 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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