Thomas Peploe Wood (1817-1845) was a talented and prolific artist. Little
known outside Staffordshire, his work is a valuable record of the County’s
history and landscape. He spent most of his short life sketching and painting
in Staffordshire, taking particular pleasure in working on Cannock Chase.
He was well known for his paintings of landscapes and animals.
Born in Great Haywood, near Stafford, Thomas was the son of Joseph and
Alethea Wood and one of six brothers. His father was a shoemaker and kept
the toll-gate on the main North Road in Great Haywood. Joseph and Althea
had six sons and one daughter.
Thomas was self taught from an early age, collecting and copying engravings.
He sometimes sold his own work to travellers on the main coach road from
London to Liverpool, using the money to buy prints of Old Masters. His
eldest brother, John, who was a house-painter and colourist, taught him
how to grind and mix colours and he worked in a range of mediums, including
pencil, pen & ink, pen & wash, sepia, watercolour and oils. Click
here to read more and download T.P. Wood Timeline
T. P. Wood’s work continues to be available to view at the William
Salt Library and, by appointment, at the Shire Hall Gallery, both
in Stafford. They are also available on the Gateway
to the Past web site.
This website was published to coincide with an exhibition held at the
Shire Hall Gallery, www.staffordshire.gov.uk/shirehallgallery
from 14 March to 10 May, 2009, featuring Wood’s oil paintings, watercolours
A book of illustrations by Thomas Peploe Wood, with information about
the artist and his connection with the banker and antiquary William Salt
(1808-1863) written by local historian Randle Knight can be purchased
from Staffordshire Museum Service for £7.00. As
we are currently unable to process online payments, please email
to reserve a copy.