An unspecified cast of Black Crab was exhibited in the British Pavilion at the 1952 Venice Biennale, alongside sculptures by seven other young British artists. The art critic Herbert Read, in his catalogue introduction to these sculptures, characterised the bleak nature of post-war British sculpture with the phrase 'the geometry of fear'. His description of 'images of flight, of ragged claws "scuttling across the floors of silent seas" ' is particularly appropriate for this piece. Black Crab was widely exhibited in the British provinces during the 1950s, and was again shown at the Venice Biennale in 1964.
Black Crab was cast by the lost wax process at Fiorini's foundry in the King's Road, London. There are eight casts of this work, plus one artist's cast.
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1988, p.529, reproduced
W.J. Strachan, 'The Sculptor and his Drawings 2. Bernard Meadows', Connoisseur, vol.185, no.76, April 1974, pp.288-93, reproduced pl.2 (Clare College, Cambridge cast)
Alan Bowness, Bernard Meadows: Sculpture and Drawings, Much Hadham and London 1995, p.136, reproduced pl.18