Born in Shropshire to a farming family, Thomas Weaver became a pupil of John Boultbee and his work shows the influence of Stubbs. he is noted for all animal subjects including horses & hounds;
His particular metier, however was painting portraits of pedigree cattle and sheep, many being engraved in mezzotint by William Ward.
He attracted good patrons, among them William Coke, MP for Norfolk & later Earl of Leicester, & Viscount Anson.
These portraits of Prize Animals provide an invaluable record of the English farming scene during the first half of the 19th Century, as well as paying homage to the innovators of scientific breeding.
Thomas weaver exhibited in London from 1801-1814 and in 1822 at Liverpool where he died. He exhibited 4 works at the Royal Academy.
Thomas Weaver married Susanna Pyefinch, daughter of Re. John Pateshall Pyefinch, Rector of Westbury, Salop, on 8th May, 1811.
His success as an artist is recorded in December of the same year by the fact that he had over £900 in his bank account. However, marriage & an ensuing large family, together with the post- war financial depression, later brought financial difficulties.
His eldest son, John Pyefinch Weaver, was a landscape painter, & in 1841 thomas moved from Shrewsbury to live with him in Liverpool. He had become an invalid, crippled by what was probably arthritis.
He is amongst the top rank of artists of this genre.