A fishing boat battles through rough seas, towards a coastal town, as the fishermen aboard struggle to gather up a net. In the foreground a buoy, marked by a red flag, is thrown around by the choppy water.
This is a subject that artist James Meadows senior painted frequently. His view of 'Fishing off the Coast in Rough Waters' was sold through Bonhams, San Francisco, in 2006; 'Hauling in the Nets', was sold through Bonhams, London, in 2007; and 'A Breezy Day off the Low Countries' was sold through Christie’s, South Kensington, in 2008. The town seen in the background of this work does not resemble a British coastal town and may represent a location in the Low Countries.
Little is known of the artist James Meadows senior. He exhibited 21 works at the Royal Academy, 14 at the British Institution and 18 at the Society of British Artists, all in London. Meadows lived at addresses in east London throughout his career. The British Museum holds a sketchbook by the artist, which includes sketches of landscapes, cottages, cloud studies, figure studies, farm animals and a view of Kirby Hall in Essex. Meadows had several sons, who followed in his footsteps, painting marine and coastal subjects. They include Arthur Joseph Meadows (1843-1907), James Edwin L. Meadows (c.1828-1888), William Meadows, (active 1870-1895) and Frances Meadows.
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