James Edward Meadows

Rural Scene With Cottage

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James Edward Meadows

Rural Scene With Cottage

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This mid to late 19th-century oil painting by British artist James Edward Meadows (1828-1888) depicts a charming countryside scene with a cottage and figures.

Amid the exponentially increasing pace of bustling Victorian life, Meadows delivered an idealised view of a land he treasured. A rural idyll illuminated by pockets of picturesque light. Where buoyant trees are rooted in the radiance of summer and harmonious clouds swell across a patchwork of hedgerows. Life was rosy for his ambling shepherds as they guided their flocks to verdant pasture.

His landscapes offered an escape, a welcome vignette of the English countryside, cherished by his patrons. And although they each represented a specific view, they were, in a sense, homogenised for overall aesthetic effect. In many ways, his compositions are reminiscent of some of the Dutch painters of the 17th century but with an added, somewhat intangible, layer of charm.

In 1854, at the age of 26, he debuted at the hallowed Royal Academy with views of Devon and Kent. And before long, he’d developed a solid reputation for his beautified depictions of the home counties and beyond. Oils were also shown at the British Institute, Royal Society of British Artists, and galleries in Liverpool and Manchester.

Here, in this piece from around 1870, a mother and son walk home toward a quaint timber-framed cottage, which is nestled into trees. She’s wearing a bonnet and shawl while he carries a walking stick. A track extends to the left towards distant hills and to the right between trees.

Today, as we look back across Meadows’ extensive body of works, we’re again transported into a gentler vision of rural life. And, perhaps, much like the Victorians before us, the requirement to escape from modernity is equally salient.

Signed in the lower left and held within a gilt frame, which is probably original.

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Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 21½” x 17½” / 55cm x 45cm
Year of creation: c. 1870
Labels & Inscriptions: ‘Regilded By Pryor & Son’ (Windsor) label on the reverse.
Provenance: Private collection, Northamptonshire, England.
Condition: Assessed and approved by our conservator. Cleaned. Revarnished.
Artist’s auction maximum: £15,000 for ‘Fording The Stream’, Oil on canvas, Phillips, Early British And Victorian Paintings, London, 1997 (lot 106).
Our reference: BRV1836

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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