- James Pollard, British, 1792-1867
James Pollard, Trafalgar Square, About 1838–39. Oil paint on canvas; 21 1/4 × 30 1/2 in. (54 × 77.5 cm). Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2018.18
James Pollard became famous for his images of coaching scenes. These lively pictures represent the hustle and bustle of Victorian England. Here, in London’s landmark square, Pollard depicts a scene of organized chaos. It is not clear who has the right of way or on which side of the road one was meant to drive. The painting likely was made between 1837, when the National Gallery – pictured in the center background – was completed, and 1843, when Nelson’s Column was erected in the center of the square. Coaching reached its peak in 1835 and by the 1840s had mostly disappeared in favor of the newly introduced long-distance railways. Pollard’s picture serves as a historic record of a short-lived era quickly coming to a close.
- “Treasures from the Berger Collection: British Paintings 1400-2000” — Denver Art Museum, 10/2/2014 – 9/9/2018
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