James Ward, R.A. (1769-1859)
Study of a helmet
Signed with initials l.r.: JW.RA and inscribed with artist’s shorthand, pencil
27.1 x 25 cm: 10 1/2 x 9 7/8 inches
Probably by descent in the artist’s family to Edith Winifred Jackson, Ward’s great granddaughter;
Thomas H. Knowles, 1932, and by descent to his son T.W. Knowles, 1956, by whom given to
Prudence Summerhayes Turner, a descendant of the artist, and by descent in her family until 2017
This is probably a British military helmet, most likely from a horse guards’ regiment.