Gaetano Meo

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Gaetano Giuseppe Alfonso Faustino Meo (1850–1925) was an artists model and painter, associated with the Pre-Raphelites.[1]

Artists Meo modelled for included Simeon Solomon, William Blake Richmond, Lord Leighton, George Heming Mason, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ford Madox Brown and Edward Burne-Jones.[1]

Meo painted moasics in the dome of Debenham House to a design by Halsey Ricardo, the architect of the house.[2]

Meo led a team of mosaicists in the installation of designs by Scottish artist/architect Robert Weir Schultz at St. Andrew's chapel in Westminster Cathedral.

Meo's daughter was the violinist Elena Fortuna Meo (1879–1957), and his grandson was the film designer and writer Edward Carrick.[3] Carrick was writing a biography of Meo at the time of his death.[3]

Four paintings by Meo have been identified by the Public Catalogue Foundation as in public ownership in the United Kingdom.[4] Three (Tooley's Farm, Looking towards London from the Heath and Wyldes Farm) are part of the collection of Camden Council, and Arundel Castle, West Sussex, Looking from the Back of the Railway Station is part of Eastbourne's Towner Gallery.[5]


  1. ^ a b Alison Smith (1996). The Victorian Nude: Sexuality, Morality, and Art. Manchester University Press. pp. 198–. ISBN 978-0-7190-4403-8. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Survey of London: volume 37: Northern Kensington". British History Online. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Obituary: Edward Craig". London: The Independent. 23 January 1998. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ "BBC - Your Paintings - Gaetano Meo". BBC. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "BBC - Your Paintings - Gaetano Meo". BBC. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 

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