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ISBN: 9781906690151
AUTHOR: Stuart Boyd
Charles Dixon
Charles Dixon
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Charles Dixon (1872-1934) is recognised as one of the world’s most gifted maritime artists covering almost every conceivable type of maritime subject. His work is highly sought after today and can be found in many national museums, galleries, and private and corporate collections in the UK, North America and Australia. Many of Dixon’s paintings hang in offices in the City of London. This is the first book ever to feature significant a number of Dixon's works.

This lavishly illustrated book contains over 100 of Dixon’s best works along with many sketches and drawings related to his principal paintings. It refers and contains many examples of the work of his illustrious contemporaries including Sir Muirhead Bone, Montague Dawson, Sir John Lavery, Frank H. Mason, Arthur Briscoe, Charles Pears, Jack Spurling, Norman Wilkinson, Frank Watson Wood and William Lionel Wyllie among many others.

Apart from striking yachting subjects, Dixon also painted dramatic naval battles, liners, sail and steamships, and the working boats and sailing ships on the River Thames. In addition he benefited from commissions from the leading shipping companies of the day notably P & O, and he was a friend of Sir Thomas Lipton and went out with all five Shamrocks to record the America’s Cup races off Sandy Hook, New York. This also gave him the opportunity to paint American naval subjects. He exhibited at the New Watercolour Society and the Royal Academy of Arts from 1889, and had works shown there in most years until his death.

Superbly illustrated, with paintings drawn from national and international sources, both private and public, this is one of the most important studies of maritime paintings yet produced, setting as it does the life and work of one of Britain’s greatest maritime artists alongside those who inspired him and were, in turn, inspired.

It is a book that collectors and those with a passion for maritime art will find of great interest. Appendices to the work include a list of public collections holding works by Charles Dixon, works exhibited at the Royal Academy, works exhibited at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, and works exhibited at the Walker Gallery.

Stuart Boyd was born in 1943 in Newport, Monmouthshire, where, as a boy, he lived close to the docks in this once thriving South Wales port. After retirement from a career in local government and the Civil Service he has been able to devote a long held passion for British marine watercolours, particularly those by Charles Dixon, and has contributed to a number of antique and heritage magazines on the subject of marine art. He lives near Christchurch, Dorset and describes himself as a fair-weather sailor.

Imprint: Halstar. ISBN 978 1 906690 15 1, hardback, 260x270mm, 144 pages. Published October 2009.

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