Portrait of James Ward
On View In:
Gallery 324
Artist:   Gilbert Charles Stuart  
Title:   Portrait of James Ward  
Date:   1779  
Medium:   Oil on canvas  
Dimensions:   29 1/2 x 25 in. (74.93 x 63.5 cm) (canvas)  
Credit Line:   The William Hood Dunwoody Fund  
Location:   Gallery 324  

This portrait of a young man, identified as J. Ward by the inscription on his dog's collar, was painted while Gilbert Stuart, a Rhode Island native, was working in the London studio of his mentor Benjamin West. The sitter's pose, costume and canine companion were all meant to allude to the great 17th century portraitist, Anthony Van Dyck, who was much admired by Stuart's contemporaries. The picture was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1779.

Name:   Stuart, Gilbert Charles  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American, 1755 - 1828  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature and Date on the dog's collar, in brown: J Ward lower right, in red: G.C. Stuart. / 1779  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   Portrait of a young boy, three quarters view, with a dog  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , ,  
Accession #:   16.2  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts