James Edwin Meadows (United Kingdom, 1828 – 1888) oil on canvas seascape, depicting two sailing vessels at sea; a small dingy with man aboard a short distance away, and another ship and white cliffs are visible in the background. Signed lower left and dated 1864. Remnant of an old label on upper middle stretcher verso, "Off the Coast (illeg)/ Jas. E. Meadows Ellen Villa Aou…..Road Acton London". Housed in the original carved giltwood and composition frame. Sight – 11 1/2" H x 21 1/2" W. Framed – 19 1/2" H x 29 1/2" W. Provenance: Property of the Birmingham Museum of Art. Biography (Courtesy of AskArt: The Artists' Bluebook: A London landscape painter, James Edwin Meadows was the son of well known artist, James Meadows Senior, and came from a family with a strong artistic tradition. Despite being based in London, James Edwin Meadows travelled extensively throughout Great Britain seeking inspiration for his landscapes, particularly concentrating on the Southern coastline. He frequently painted views in Essex, Kent, Sussex, Surrey and the Isle of Wight. Meadows exhibited at the major London Galleries including the Royal Academy (1854-72), the British Institute and the Royal Society of British Artists. Condition: Some grime; blacklight indicates a possible earlier, unsuccessful cleaning of sky area or some overpainting. Scattered minor losses to frame.
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