Gaetano Meo

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Gaetano Giuseppe Faostino Meo (1850–1925) was an artists model and painter, associated with the Pre-Raphelites.[1] Artists that he 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 also created mosaics, in the dome of Debenham House to a design by Halsey Ricardo, the architect of the house;[2] and 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 married Agnes Morton and they set up home in Hampstead.[3] Their daughters were the violinist Elena Fortuna Meo (1879–1957), Margarita Maria Agnes Meo (born Kensington 1876, died Eastbourne 1956), and Taormina Bertha Meo (born Hampstead 1891, died Eastbourne 1959); his grandson was the film designer and writer Edward Carrick.[4] Carrick was writing a biography of Meo at the time of his death.[4]

Four paintings by Meo have been identified by the Public Catalogue Foundation as in public ownership in the United Kingdom.[5] 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]

Meo was buried in Hampstead Cemetery with his wife Agnes (d. 1921) and their son Little Bertie who died in infancy. Their great granddaughter, Helen Craig, illustrator of the Angelina Ballerina children's stories restored their grave with mosaic artist Tessa Hunkin in 2018.[3]


  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 "At Gaetano Meo's Grave | Spitalfields Life". Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  4. ^ a b "Obituary: Edward Craig". London: The Independent. 23 January 1998. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Paintings by or after Gaetano Meo, Art UK. Retrieved April 6, 2013.

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