Portrait of the Blyth Comet Ox (1806)
THOMAS WEAVER (1775-1844) & WILLIAM WARD ARA (1766-1826)
In handmade frame
Known as the ‘Animal Artist of the Agricultural Revolution’, Thomas Weaver was one of the most celebrated painters of farming, domestic, wild and sporting animals of his day. Many of his pictures are in private collections, but others can be found in Tate Britain, the Yale Centre for British Art, the Royal Agricultural University, the Museum of English Rural Life, the Beamish and the Shrewsbury Museums. Several are on display in Holkham Hall, Shugborough Hall, Weston Park, Upton House and Calke Abbey.
William Ward ARA, was a foremost English engraver – appointed engraver to the Duke of York, the Prince of Wales, and associate engraver to the Royal Academy.
Thomas Weaver’s work has been offered at auction multiple times, the record price being $108,034 USD for Head of a white faced ram, facing right; and Head of a black faced ram, facing left, a seascape beyond, sold at Sotheby’s London in 2020.