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MEADOWS, JOSEPH KENNY (1790 - 1874); draughtsman

Name: Joseph Kenny Meadows
Date of birth: 1790
Date of death: 1874
Parent: James Meadows
Gender: Male
Occupation: draughtsman
Area of activity: Art and Architecture
Author: Cecil John Layton Price

christened at S. Mary's, Cardigan, 1 November 1790, second son of James Meadows. His career is not recorded until 1823 when he was responsible for some of the illustrations in The Mirror of the Stage, and the lithographs used in Planché's Costume of Shakespere's Historical Tragedy of King John. He achieved popularity with The Heads of the People or Portraits of the English, 1838-40, to which W. M. Thackeray contributed. Meadows put out an illustrated edition of Shakespeare's works, 1839-43; he also illustrated many of the Christmas numbers of the Illustrated London News. He married the daughter of John Hennings, the sculptor, and was friendly with the leading writers of his day. He died 19 August 1874.


Published date: 1959

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