Thomas Weaver Thomas Morris’s Sheep Show at Barton-on-Humber, Lincolnshire 1810

Artwork details

Artist
Thomas Weaver 1774 or 5–1843
Title
Thomas Morris’s Sheep Show at Barton-on-Humber, Lincolnshire
Date 1810
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1028 x 1286 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Mrs F. Ambrose Clark through the British Sporting Art Trust 1982
Reference
T03438
Not on display

Display caption

Robert Bakewell of Dishley near Loughborough was a pioneer in improving breeds of sheep and cattle to supply a steadily increasing demand for meat. As a result of his efforts England was said to have had '2 lbs. of mutton where there was only 1 lb. before'. Painted fifteen years after his death, Weaver's picture shows breeders at Dishley during the bidding for a season's use of rams from Bakewell's breed, which commanded high fees.

December 1989

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