Maquette for Cock
© Meadows Family

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Maquette for Cock
During the 1950s Meadows made a series of bird sculptures. Some were heavily abstracted, with contorted bodies and beaks wide open as though screaming with pain. However, this maquette is lifelike, showing a cockerel pecking the ground as if looking for food. Meadows was not particularly interested in sculpting animals themselves but instead saw them as a vehicle through which he could express his feelings about humanity in the post-war climate: “the crabs, and the birds, and the armed figures, the pointing figures, are all about fear…perhaps not fear, it’s vulnerability”. They also enabled Meadows to develop as a sculptor beyond the influence of Henry Moore (who was known for his sculpted figures) with whom he had a long-lasting friendship.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.

Abstract art


  • Acc. No. GMA 5163
  • Medium Bronze with brown patina
  • Size Height: 15.00 cm
  • Credit Accepted in lieu of inheritance tax 2011