signedOil on canvas, signed lower right. 14-3/4 x 9-1/2 inches
by (Coaching) Pollard, James
Oil on canvas, signed lower right. 14-3/4 x 9-1/2 inches. Framed. With Colnaghi label on stretcher. Oil on canvas, signed lower right. 14-3/4 x 9-1/2 inches. Choice coaching picture by sporting artist James Pollard (1792-1867). "More than any other artist, he brings to life the great days of the coaching era" - N.C. Selway.Son of engraver and print publisher Robert Pollard, James Pollard worked in the family business but was trained in painting, and was most active in the 1820s and 1830s, painting coaching scenes and racing pictures. He collaborated with John Hering on the celebrated The Doncaster Great St Leger series (1839). Pollard was "generally too busy to pay much attention to exhibiting; his works were shown on just three occasions at the Royal Academy between 1821 and 1839, and three times at the British Institution between 1824 and 1844" (ODNB). Sparrow writes that Pollard "had courage and a surprising amount of enterprise" (234). Cf. Selway, The Golden Age of Coaching and Sport (1967); Siltzer, pp. 198 ff; Sparrow pp. 233-4; Egerton, pp 267 ff (Inventory #: 301585)
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