William Ward after H. B. Chalon
Selim, a chestnut horse bred by His Grace the Duke of Queensbury, foaled in 1802… To His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales
29 x 24 inches
This evocative image was published in 1809 the year after Selim retired from racing and was put out to stud. During his short but illustrious career he won many races at Brighton, and Newmarket.
William Ward was born in London in 1766. He was the brother of James Ward and married the sister of the famous English landscape painter, George Morland. As such he spent most of his life surrounded by artists and engravers. He engraved portraits, genre, decorative and sporting subjects after both his contemporaries and his own designs. He is particularly well known for his engravings after the work of his brother-in-law, George Morland. He was appointed mezzotint engraver to the Duke of York in 1803 and later to the Prince of Wales. In 1814 he was elected Associate of the Royal Academy. Ward died suddenly in December 1826