ERIC MEADUS (1931 – 70) — Almost a Meteor

paintings and drawings

Meadus should have had a meteoric rise to artistic eminence, but his early death robbed him of his due.

Sat. 4th Jan. – Sun. 2nd March

HOURS — Weekends11am – 6pm, or outside those hours by pre-arrangement
Weekdays:  at any mutually agreed time, including outside the above hours.

For less than 24 hrs. notice, best to ring 023 8046 2723.
Longer than that, or overnight, usually fine to

Go to our contact-page, if this non-clickable address is too small to read

This exhibition, of some 60 paintings and drawings, parallels the Meadus
element of Artists in Tandem at Southampton City Art Gallery [= SCAG].

Provided you ring us first, you can combine visiting both shows
any weekday between 10am and 3pm (when SCAG closes), or from
11am to 5pm on Saturdays (with no need to forewarn us at weekends:  we keep
‘drop-in’ hours from 11am – 6pm on Sats. and Suns.)
SCAG is open 10am – 5pm on Sats.

You can find the basics of Meadus’s bio here.

Below is a small selection of the work on show at “The First” Gallery:


… and here are a few from the City Art Gallery’s Meadus display, curated by “The First”:


We hope to post more images during the show.

In addition to the main exhibits, there are several folios of drawings and water-based-media paintings (many of whose subject-matter is unidentified:  see below), which you can enjoy browsing through, if you have time to.  Many of these are topographical, and some are reproduced in our new 96-page book Southampton:  A City Lost…  … and Found, containing an accompanying essay by Southampton-based author Philip Hoare, making this a ‘must’ for Hoare-completists.  An early version of this is available now, price £15.99


at “The First” Gallery
Sunday, 2nd February

11am – 6pm:  all-day Can You Place It?  Identifying Session
Come and browse through Meadus’s extensive archive of topographical drawings, mainly of
Hampshire, and even more focused on unremarked areas of Southampton, and see
what you can recall by having your visual memory jogged.

Good-quality freshly-made coffee and tea on tap while you peruse!

If you can’t attend that day, you can arrange to come another time.
It would help our cataloguing effort if it could coincide with the availability
of our de facto archivist, Paul, hence our suggestion that you contact us
ahead to organize a mutually convenient time-slot:  023 8046 2723

Sunday, 16th February

10:30am – 12 noon:  Coffee Morning, with Informal Talk,
at 11:30am, on Eric Meadus by his friend and fellow artist,
H. Margery Clarke, who founded “The First” Gallery.

While this event is free, and there is no “booking” as such,
it would help to have an ideas of numbers, so please
ring 023 8046 2723 or e-mail “The First” Gallery
if you intend to come.  Thank you.

outdoors, in and near Swaythling, then in City Centre
Saturday, 8th February
[N. B.  NOT Sat. 9th, as printed in paper notices sent with mailing!]

As of 6/2/14 there are not enough people signed up for Saturday's event (it needs a minimum of 3, ideally 4). Also, the forecast looks horrible. So it's pretty likely it won't run then, thus I'm mooting Sat. 15th as an alternative. I'll make a decision on Friday 7th, morning (those already committed will be informed directly) and will post the result here later. Sunday 9th is "only just" (for me) a possibility, but the City Gallery will be closed.

11am – 12:30pm (Swaythling);   1:30 – 3pm (City):  Meadus Walkabouts(with some driving)
Guided circuits of the artist’s stamping-grounds, near his home,
where his mature style flourished;  and near his workplace, source
of many of his topographical drawings.  Illustrated
sheets to take away afterwards.

Booking essential.  Max. group-size:  7
£5 per person for one tour, £8 for both.
Contact Paul Clarke, “The First” Gallery, in the first instance.
Date will be rearranged, if poor weather threatens on the day.

Other outings of the route(s) can be booked on dates to suit you [not necessarily on a Saturday],
if you can raise enough people wishing to attend (which doesn’t have to be the max. group-size).

at Southampton City Art Gallery
Thursday, 30th January

11am – 12noon:  Artists in Tandem — Introductory Talks / Q & As
with:  SCAG Curator, Tim Craven;
Director, “The First” Gallery, HMargery Clarke;
long-time partner of Larry Wakefield
 (1925 – 97), Councillor Mary Lloyd.
(Wakefield, another artist who worked for a long period in Southampton, forms the other half of Artists in Tandem).
N. B.  This event was booked out and 50% over-subscribed.
Don’t get similarly caught out for Margery’s talk on Sunday 16th!

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