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Sporting Art, Fishing, Trout and Jack, James Pollard, London, Pair, Antique Prints, Mid 19th C.


James Pollard (1792-1867) (after)
Richard Gilson Reeve (1803-1889) (aquatint engraver)
Live-Bait Fishing for Jack
Fly-Fishing for Trout
J.M. McCormick, London: Mid 19th Century
Color aquatints on wove paper
$1200, the pair

Two prints of well-dressed gentlemen in top hats fishing in rivers amid pastoral surroundings. In Live-Bait Fishing for Jack the fisherman kneels on a riverbank in a rural field with his rod in hand while in the process of calmly pulling in a large fish whose head and back are still half submerged. The small baitfish is visible on the line. Another angler stands in the middle distance. In Fly-Fishing for Trout the fisherman is half-hidden by bushes, his rod bending with the tug of the trout on the line in the swirling waters of the river on the left. Another man is running toward him.

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James Pollard was a British painter and aquatint engraver known for his coaching and equestrian scenes, and other sporting subjects after his own designs and those of his contemporaries. He received his training in painting and engraving from his father, the painter and publisher Robert Pollard the Elder, who then brought James into his publishing business in 1819, renaming it R. Pollard & Sons. Over the next 10 years he both painted and engraved in aquatint, with a distinctive grain to his prints. After 1830 he concentrated on painting. Pollard exhibited at the Royal Academy and British Institution. Today his works are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Tate Gallery and the Denver Art Museum, among others.

Full publication information on both prints: Dedicated to the Members of the Waltonian Society, by a Brother Angler. London: Published by J. McCormick, 62, Gracechurch Street.

Condition: Generally very good, recently professionally cleaned and deacidified, with the usual remaining overall light toning, wear, handling.


“James Pollard.” Artnet. 2017. (2 November 2017).

Mackenzie, Ian. British Prints: Dictionary and Price Guide. Woodbridge, Suffolk, England: Antique Collectors Club, 1987. p. 248.

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19th Century