James Pollard was a painter and etcher, and son of Robert Pollard. His early career was spent in the shadow of his father, for whom he worked as an etcher of miscellaneous sporting subjects before establishing himself c. 1820 as a sporting painter in his own right. A typical example is Doncaster Races: Horses Starting for the St Leger (1831; Paul Mellon private collection). Following a commission from the King’s Printseller, Edward Orme, for an inn signboard showing a coach and horses, Pollard began to specialize in coaching scenes. The most memorable of his productions are those that feature urban settings, notable for their topographical accuracy.
Pollard is represented in the following collections: Tate Gallery, London; Denver Art Museum / Berger Collection, Colorado, amongst others.