Technique and condition

A lost wax bronze cast on an integral rectangular base. In an interview conducted in August 2002, Meadows noted that each of the three casts in the edition had a different patination. The edition was cast by Meadows himself at the Royal College of Art Foundry in South Kensington.

This bronze has a predominantly dull dark brown patina with a wax coating. The patina has been worn on the top of the head revealing an oxidized bronze surface. On the underside of the base, two steel bars which probably reinforce the legs can be seen.

The work has a cast inscription ‘M’ in a circle on the top left corner of the integral base. This was probably inscribed in the plaster or wax prior to casting. There is no edition number.

The artist commented that the bird had been kept in a shed and the poor storage conditions had resulted in some corrosion and changes to the patina. The artist cleaned the bronze in 1994 and applied a new wax coating (black shoe polish) over the surface.

On acquisition the sculpture was structurally sound but required surface cleaning.

Sandra Deighton
October 2003