He married Rebecca Watkins by whom he had eleven children.
In 1779 he started his career as an illustrator of books, being employed to illustrate 'Ossian' and Hervey's Naval History. In 1794 he was elected a Royal Academician, and in 1806 he received a commission from Cromek the engraver to paint his famous picture of the 'Canterbury Pilgrims setting forth from the Tabard Inn.'
In 1812 he was appointed librarian of the Royal Academy. The works of art in his possession at his death were sold at Christie's in June 1834. They included a hundred of his pictures in oil and upwards of a thousand sketches. The enormous number of his designs was estimated at five thousand.
Anna Eliza Bray, Life of Thomas Stothard, R.A., London, 1851; The Grove Dictionary of Art Online, ed. L. Macy, http://www.groveart.com (accessed 2003).