Ward, George

Dates Active in Dublin: 

c. 1710–1769/70


Christ Church Yard, c. 1740
Lee's Lane, Aston Quay, 1740–63
Anglesea Street, c. 1764–69/70


Brother of John Ward (Boydell, Card Index).

Apprentice: Thomas Perry? [Rice suggests the similarities are evident between their instruments].

Rice suggests that Perry may have succeeded Ward at the same address in Anglesea Street since he appears to have moved there about the same time as Ward's death.

[Dates and addresses differ according to sources: Teahan gives Lee's Lane, Astor's Quay c. 1740. Henley gives the dates as 1710 to 1750 but Rice suggests that Perry succeeded Ward when he died in 1769 or 1770, implying that Ward worked until then. Ryan gives Christ Church Yard c. 1740. Boydell (Calendar gives George and his brother John at Anglesea-st or Lee's Lane, Aston's Quay c. 1740 to c. 1764. Boydell (Card Index) gives Anglesea Street in 1710 'too early?', 1750 and 1764 and Lee's Lane, Astor's Quay c. 1740. The Graham papers state that George Ward leased the Astor's Quay property on 15 June 1763.]

Select Product/Work List: 


  • Violin: National Museum of Ireland. Inventory number 427. Label: 'Ward, Dublin' (Rice)
  • Violin, 1719. Mark: 'Made by George Ward in Anglesea St. Dublin, 1719' (Henley) [Rice suggests this may be a misreading of the label by Henley]
  • Violin, 1753: [formerly in the Graham collection] (Graham)
  • Violin, 1758. Mark: 'Made by George Ward in Lee's Lane on Aston's Quay, Dublin, 1758' (Graham)
  • Violin, 1764. Mark: 'Made by George Ward in Anglesea Street in 1764' (Belfast, Public Records Office, MS H.S. Guinness of Burton Hall Stillorgan, cited in Rice)
  • Violin, 1766. Mark: 'Made by George Ward in Anglesea Street 17 Dublin 66' (Graham)
  • Cello [similar to the 1753 violin] (Graham)
  • Last Update: 26-09-2013