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MEADOWS , JOSEPH KENNY ( 1790 - 1874 ); draughtsman ;

christened at S. Mary's , Cardigan , 1 Nov. 1790 , second son of James Meadows . His career is not recorded until 1823 when he was responsible for some of the illustrations in The Mirror of the Stage , and the lithographs used in Planché 's Costume of Shakespere's Historical Tragedy of King John . He achieved popularity with The Heads of the People or Portraits of the English , 1838-40 , to which W. M. Thackeray contributed. Meadows put out an illustrated edition of Shakespeare 's works, 1839-43 ; he also illustrated many of the Christmas numbers of the Illustrated London News . He m. the daughter of John Hennings , the sculptor , and was friendly with the leading writers of his day. He d. 19 Aug. 1874 .


  • Registers of S. Mary's, Cardigan;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • catalogue 139 of Ifan Kyrle Fletcher;
  • G. N. Ray , ed., The Letters and Private Papers of William Makepeace Thackeray. Collected and edited by Gordon N. Ray (London, 1945) (London, 1945 ), i, 426.


Cecil John Layton Price, Ph.D. (1915-91), Aberystwyth / Swansea

Published date: 1959