James Edwin Meadows
A Mother holding a baby while a child, bent over a wooden bridge, is supposedly fishing and trying to tease the ducks with his rod
James Edwin Meadows (British 1828 - 1883)
Signed lower left corner
Oil on canvas
52.7 cm x 40.5 cm (20" 3/4 x 15" 15/16)
One can be quite sure that James Edwin Meadows received training through a strong artistic family tradition.
Not only he was born to an English marine painter James Meadows Senior, but he also had two brothers: William and Arthur Joseph, both painters, specialized in Venetian and Mediterranean scenes.
Unlike the other members of his family, he turned to rural landscape painting, travelled extensively throughout England, seeking inspiration for his landscapes: on the Southern coastline, the countryside of Kent, Surrey, Essex and the Isle of Wight.
James Edwin Meadow's paintings were held in high regard during his lifetime and he exhibited at several major art institutions including the Royal Academy of Arts, the Royal Hibernian Academy (Dublin), Walker Art (Liverpool), Manchester Art Gallery and the Royal Society of British Artists.