The Sailor’s Return / Le Retour du Matelot
Coloured mezzotintpublished 16 April 1798
About the work
Place: Department for International Development, 22-26 Whitehall
About the artist
William Ward was the son of James Ward, manager for a fruit and cider merchant. His younger brother, also named James Ward was a painter. Ward held the position of mezzotint engraver to the Duke of York from 1804 and engraver to the Prince of Wales from 1813. The following year he became an Associate Engraver of the Royal Academy. He died in 1826 at his home in Warren Street, London.