Sidney Meteyard

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Sidney Harold Meteyard RBSA (1868 – 4 April 1947) was an English art teacher, painter and stained-glass designer. A member of the Birmingham Group, he worked in a late Pre-Raphaelite style heavily influenced by Edward Burne-Jones and the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Life and career[edit]

Memorial Window to William Forster and family, at St Paul's, Cookhill. Made in 1933 by Meteyard, probably working with Kate Eadie.

Meteyard was born in Stourbridge and studied under Edward R. Taylor at the Birmingham School of Art, where he was to teach for 45 years from 1886.[1] He exhibited at the Paris Salon and the Royal Academy from 1900 to 1918, was elected an Associate of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 1902 and made a full member in 1908.[2] He was later their Honorary Secretary.[3]

A friend of William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, Meteyard worked across a wide variety of media from his studio in Livery Street near Snow Hill station.[4] In 1890 he was one of the pupils at the School of Art to paint a set of murals for Birmingham Town Hall[5] and he later produced works in stained glass, enamel and tempera, and illustrated a number of books including a notable edition of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The Golden Legend".[6] He also illustrated the Roll of Honour, in Birmingham's Hall of Memory.[3]

Meteyard was instrumental in facilitating the donation of Elford Hall to the city of Birmingham.[3]

His first marriage was to Lizzie Sarah Wilkes Fairfax Muckley by special licence in June 1892 until November 1939 when she died. He then married jeweller Kate Eadie,[7] a Birmingham School of art student[7] and later fellow RBSA associate,[8] who was also his model.[7]

He suffered with poor eyesight late in life and was blind for his final year.[3] He died on 4 April 1947 at Malt House, Cookhill, Worcestershire[3] and was buried on 11 April at Brandwood End Cemetery, Birmingham, after a service at St Paul's Church, Cookhill.[3]


  1. ^ Ripley, Paul. "Sidney Harold Meteyard 1868 -1947". Victorian Art in Britain. Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2008-05-22.
  2. ^ "Pelleas and Melisande by SIDNEY METEYARD". Peter Nahum At The Leicester Galleries. Retrieved 2008-05-22.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Obituary (Sidney Harold Meteyard)". The Birmingham Post. 1947-04-07.
  4. ^ "Psyche at Cupid's Gate; But trembling midst her hope she took her way unto a little door midmost the wall by SIDNEY METEYARD". Peter Nahum At The Leicester Galleries. Retrieved 2008-05-22.
  5. ^ Christian, John; Stevens, Mary Anne, eds. (1989). "Sidney Harold Meteyard". The Last Romantics: The Romantic Tradition in British Art - Burne-Jones to Stanley Spencer. London: Lund Humphries in association with Barbican Art Gallery. ISBN 0-85331-552-3.
  6. ^ Speel, Bob. "Sidney Harold Meteyard (1868-1947)". Victorian Art in England. Retrieved 2008-05-22.
  7. ^ a b c "An Arts and Crafts citrine necklace by Kate Eadie Unmarked,". Bonhams. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Miss Kate M. Eadie". Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951. University of Glasgow. Retrieved 29 January 2013.