SIDNEY HAROLD METEYARD RBSA (1868-1947)
PRE-RAPHAELITE (founded 1848)
BIRMINGHAM SCHOOL (1843-1971)
Psyche at Cupid's Gate; But trembling midst her hope she took her way unto a little door midmost the wall (England, 1900)
Enamel on copper
Inscribed in the enamel
Description / Expertise
Three enamel plaques within the original copper mount. The upper inscribed with the title, the lower with: But trembling midst her hope she took her way unto a little door midmost the wall.
Sidney Meteyard was one of the most influential teachers at the Birmingham School of Art. As both a teacher and designer, he had a wide variety of talents. He has been referred to by Stephen Wildman as the epitome of the artist-craftsman teacher, which made Birmingham the envy of art schools throughout Europe.(1) He painted in the post Pre-Raphaelite `aesthetic' style and maintained his own studio in Livery Street where he produced beautiful stained glass and enamel works. The enamel is exactingly executed and in this sense acts as a reminder of the vital contribution of the crafts to the whole phase of the Birmingham School's activity. Sidney Meteyard knew both William Morris and Burne-Jones.
1. Stephen Wildman, The Birmingham School, Birmingham City Art Gallery, 1990