Catalogue entry

Thomas Weaver 1774/5-1843

T01586 Foxgloves and Brambles, with a Hawk Confronting an Adder 1814

Inscribed ‘ 1814’ (initials combined) on stone b.r.
Canvas, 44 x 37¿ (101.8 x 95).
Purchased (Grant-in-Aid) 1972.
Coll: ...; Private collection in the USA; Leger Galleries 1972.

This is an interesting early example of a genre not very common in English painting. Although chiefly known as an animal painter, Weaver was prepared to turn his hand to any subject from landscape to portraiture which was demanded by his local patrons.

An oil of similar size, subject and treatment, attributed to T. Hughes, is reproduced in H. M. Grant, The Old English Landscape Painters, II, 1958, pl.47. Judging from the photograph, the early eighteenth-century date given to it looks unconvincing and it is more likely to be a work closely related to the above painting.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1972–1974, London 1975.