CHARLES EDWARD DIXON R.I.
Dixon was born in Goring-on-Thames. His father Alfred was a painter of domestic genre. Very little is known about Charleâ€™s early training in art, presumably he learnt to paint under the guidance of his father. He was a painter of coastal, marine and river subjects, in oil, gouashe and watercolour. His watercolours which are most prevalent, are in a style similar to that of W.L.Wyllie, but softer with warmer colours. His gouache works, usually combined with watercolour, are stronger and brighter in colour, and usually depict 19th Century fighting ships, not unlike similar work by Frank H. Mason. His oils are often large and dramatic, examples of which are in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
As a friend of Sir Thomas Lipton, he became a keen yachtsman when living in Itchenor, West Sussex. He was permitted to travel with Lipton aboard the five Shamrock boats entered in the Americas Cup Races. He soon became a popular and successful marine painter.
He first exhibited at the Royal Academy when he was 16 years old, and went on to exhibited there a further 51 paintings. He became a member of the Royal Institute in 1900, where he exhibited 170 works. He exhibited a total of 193 works at the Walker Galleries in London and Liverpool, and others in Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester.
He is represented in the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the National Maritime Museum of Greenwich; and at the Aberdeen, Newport, Grundy and Blackpool Art Galleries.
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