Painter of Pedigree: Thomas Weaver of Shrewsbury – Animal Artist of the Agricultural Revolution
The industrial and agricultural revolutions transformed the face of Britain. Fiery blast furnaces, pit-head steam engines and fuming lime-kilns scarred a landscape cut across by canals and turnpikes. Within enclosed pasture and parkland farm, sporting animals of improbable proportions and striking dimensions grazed by serpentine lakes before Palladian piles. One of the artists who depicted these prize bulls, pedigree sheep and thoroughbred stallions in Arcadian surroundings of bucolic tranquillity was Thomas Weaver of Shrewsbury. Travelling from country house to house to paint pedigree animals for pedigree people his journeys map the networks of kinship, patronage and social aspirations that linked the landed families and gentry of Georgian England.
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Lawrence Trevelyan Weaver
Lawrence Trevelyan Weaver is a descendent of Thomas Weaver, whose papers, correspondence and portraits of the artist and his family, have been handed down to him. Formerly a paediatrician, clinical scientist and medical historian, he has spent much of the last five years researching and writing this book. He is now Emeritus Professor of Child Health and Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for the History of Medicine in the University of Glasgow.