James Pollard (1792-1867)
James Pollard (1792-1867)

A mail coach in a flood near Shillingford Bridge, Berkshire

James Pollard (1792-1867)
A mail coach in a flood near Shillingford Bridge, Berkshire
signed and dated 'J Pollard 1825' (on the ralling lower right)
oil on canvas
19 ¾ x 30 in. (50.3 x 76.2 cm.)
The Property of the late G. S. Martin. Esq.; Sotheby's, London, 23 February 1938, lot 26.
with Vickers, London, 1948.
The Property of Miss Angela Matta; Christie's, London, 17 April 1964, lot 52.
The Property of N. C. Selway Esq.; Sotheby's, London, 11 July 1990, lot 134.
with Richard Green, London.
N. C. Selway, James Pollard 1792-1867, Painter of the Age of Coaching, Leigh-on-Sea, 1965, p. 26, no. 20.
N. C. Selway, The Golden Age of Coaching and Sport as Depicted by James Pollard, Leigh-on-Sea, 1972, p. 24, no. 15.
London, Haywood Gallery, The Arts Council of Great Britain, British Sporting Painting, 1974, no. 164.

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Lot Essay

James Pollard (1792-1867) grew up in Islington, North London, close to the great Mail route to the North of England, which has been considered to have had a strong influence for the subject matter of his works. Pollard’s father Robert was a pupil of Richard Wilson R.A., before pursuing a career as a renowned engraver and print publisher. It is suggested that it was Robert, who made up his mind that his son James should be a painter of horses after artists such as Ben Marshall.

Initially following his father’s profession, Pollard began concentrating on etchings and acquatinting. However, it was not until the 1820s that the unique charm of his assured draughtsmanship was truly respected. Commissioned in 1821 by the King’s Printseller, Edward Orme, to paint a mail coach scene on a signboard for an inn, which was exhibited in his shop window on Bond St. It was greatly admired and was the catalyst that led to further commissions. Later in his career, he worked with John Frederick Herring, Senior on several horse racing paintings. Pollard painted mainly the backgrounds and spectators, while Herring painted the horses. He exhibited at the Royal Academy during the years 1821 to 1839 and also at the British Institution in 1824 and 1844.

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