Son of William Shayer snr., Shayer jnr. was presumably taught by his father. He initially specialised in the same themes as the father, but struggled to find success and became a coach driver. This led him to paint the coaching scenes for which he is best-known and which offer a very authentic view of the coaching world. He achieved some success with these works, and a number were reproduced in engraving, but he suffered again in late century as the coaching era came to an end.