The Berger Collection

Collection: James Pollard (1792-1867)

James Pollard (1792-1867)

James Pollard was born in London and trained as an engraver under the tutelage of his father. He soon discovered that he had an ability to paint horses, and one of his first commissions was to paint an inn signboard of a coach and horses. He continued to paint in oils and for twenty years ran a successful business painting mainly for dealers and private clients. He specialized in coaching scenes--he may have been a coach driver at one time--but also painted racing, shooting, and hunting subjects. Tragedy struck in 1840, when both his wife and youngest child died. Pollard never fully recovered, and his work suffered after this date.