GEORGE GARRARD English (1760-1826)
English animal artist, best known for his plaster models and copper engravings illustrating the types of English cattle and oxen. He first studied drawing under Joseph Simpson. Then worked with Sawrey Gilpin (whose daughter Matilda he would later marry). In 1781 he became a student of the Royal English Academy, specializing in painting animals.
In 1800, the same year that he was elected as an associate to the Royal Academy, he published the folio of engravings that print collectors prize today, A Description of the different varieties of Oxen common in the British Isles, embellished with engravings; being an accompaniment to a set of models of the improved breeds of Cattle, executed by George Garrard, upon an exact scale from nature, under the patronage of the Board of Agriculture.
Garrard contributed paintings and sculptures to the annual exhibits of the Royal Academy as well as participating in salons by the British Institution and the Society of British artists.
He died in London in 1826.