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James Meadows Sr. - Stormy Seas

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  • James Meadows Sr.
    • James Meadows Sr. - Stormy Seas

      Stock No: GAP0155

      Price : $9,600.00

      Circa:1857

      Medium: Oil on Canvas

      Framed: 32" x 44"

      Unframed: 24" x 36"

  • Artist Biography
    • This is an original unique oil painting by the artist. James' concentration on his career as a marine rather than a scenic artist may nonetheless have been strongly influenced by his back-stage friendships in the theatreworld. William Beverley was also a prolific and successful watercolour marine artist, including many scenes of Scarborough and the Yorkhire coastline of his childhood. James' and William's greatest contemporary, the scenic artist Clarkson Stanfield, who had a very similar family and career path to both artists, also specialised in marine art. Perhaps the three of them all knew that their "rough magick" as scenic artists would turn to dust and disappear, but that their artistic posterity might be guaranteed by scenes of both tranquility and excitement of the every-day Victorian world of the sea. James Meadows died of diabetes on 5th May, 1863 at his home in Coburn Street, and his funeral took place at the local parish church, Holy Trinity, Mile End. According to one obituary, it appears that he was buried in this churchyard. His death was commemorated in the obituary list of notable persons linked to the stage, as a "scenic painter", in the later editions of 'The Era Almanack." Nonetheless, it is for his marine paintings that James Meadows is most remembered, and so his gamble, at least, paid off.

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