Thomas Humphry Ward

Thomas Humphry Ward (9 November 1845 – 6 May 1926) was an English author and journalist, best known as the husband of the author Mary Augusta Ward, who wrote under the name Mrs. Humphry Ward.


He was born in Kingston upon Hull, England; his parents were Henry Ward, a cleric, and Jane Sandwith, daughter of Humphry Sandwith III, a surgeon there.[1] He studied at Merchant Taylors' School[2] and at Brasenose College, Oxford, at which he became a Fellow in 1869 and a tutor in 1870.

His compositions consisted of editorials which he submitted to The Times. Additionally, he edited a four-volume anthology, The English Poets (1880); Men of the Reign (1885); The Reign of Queen Victoria (1887); English Art in the Public Galleries of London (1888); and Men of the Time, which ran to 12 editions. He wrote alone Humphry Sandwith, a Memoir (1884), and jointly The Oxford Spectator (1868) and Romney (1904).


Ward married Mary Augusta Arnold, who became a best-selling novelist of various genres including victorian values as Mrs Humphry Ward. Arnold was the daughter of a fellow Oxford academic, Tom Arnold and the marriage connected Ward to the influential intellectual families of the Arnolds and the Huxleys. They lived at 17 Bradmore Road in North Oxford, which Ward leased in 1872.[3] They had one son and two daughters, including the MP Arnold Ward and the author and activist Janet Trevelyan.

Huxley and Arnold family tree (incomplete).


  1. ^ John Sutherland (1990). Mrs. Humphry Ward. Clarendon Press. p. 43. ISBN 978-0-19-818587-1.
  2. ^ Minchin, J. G. C., Our public schools, their influence on English history; Charter house, Eton, Harrow, Merchant Taylors', Rugby, St. Paul's Westminster, Winchester (London, 1901), p. 195.
  3. ^ Hinchcliffe, Tanis (1992). North Oxford. New Haven & London: Yale University Press. p. 220. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.

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