Dawson Family of Painters

The Dawson painters earned quite a lot of respect for themselves in those days. The love for artistry was passed on from father to son and so was their unique style. The artists show originality and careful realism in their paintings.

Dawson Family of Painters

Henry Dawson

Most of them would be sold for half a crown. It was only in 1835 that he decided to give up the lace trade and become an artist. The earliest patron that he had was a hairdresser. He relocated to Liverpool in 1844. This is where he started to gain higher prices for the paintings.

Henry Dawson: The Wooden Walls of England
Henry Dawson: The Wooden Walls of England

Henry Dawson settled with his family at Croydon, London in 1849 and created some of the most sensational paintings ever. The Wooden Walls of England was exhibited in 1853. The others were London Bridge‘, ‘The Rainbow at Sea‘ and the ‘London at Sunrise‘.

Henry taught himself and had received nothing more than 6 lessons from Pyne. He had also studied nature for himself. Some influence from Turner could be seen in his later works which made him try out more brilliant effects.

Though Henry Dawson could sell his paintings for high prices at the latter end of his life, had always received very less recognition. Only the artists’ colony remembered him.

This changed after the Nottingham Exhibition in 1878. He now gained fame as one who wanted to uphold the beauties of nature and respected her faithfully. Henry died at Chiswick in December 1878.

Henry Thomas Dawson

Henry Thomas Dawson was a visual artist from Britain who was born in 1841. The numerous works that were created by the artist had been sold at auction over the years.

One of the paintings showed a squadron of Danish warships that had moored off the entrance to Portsmouth harbor, with the sails in the distance.

Henry Thomas Dawson

The artist had exhibited widely during his lifetime. However, the works had been overshadowed by Montague Dawson. The artist died in 1896.

Alfred Dawson

Alfred Dawson, a British artist, was renowned for etching and painting landscape pictures. He was born in 1858 and had received the guidance of Henry, his father, who had become quite established at the time.

Alfred would regularly exhibit his paintings at the Royal Academy of Arts in London from 1860 to 1889.

Dawson Family of Painters

Not only that, but he also exhibited his works with the Royal Society of Painters and Etchers. He was also a regular visitor at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Royal Society of British Artists to gain greater fame for his works.

He was frequently commissioned by Philip Gilbert Hamerton to create the etchings for the ‘Portfolio’ and several other publications.

Montague Dawson

Montague Dawson was one of the most renowned painters of the 20th century who had mostly been commended highly for the sea paintings.

He was born in Chiswick, London in 1895 and had spent much of his time studying the ships on the Southampton Water. He had briefly worked for a commercial art studio around 1910.

Montague Dawson: A Fair Wind
Montague Dawson: A Fair Wind

But he left the studio in Bedford Row to join the Royal Navy when the First World War started. He met Charles Napier Hemy while working for the Navy in Falmouth and was influenced a lot by his works.

Dawson became the official artist during an expedition to the South Seas in 1924. Through this journey, he offered a lot of illustrated reports of the expedition to the Graphics magazine.

David Dawson Paintings

Many of his paintings got published in the Sphere magazine at this point in time. Many of these paintings depicted the events that showed the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet.

Montague is sometimes referred to as the King of the Clipper Ship Artists. This term has been endearingly offered to him and is renowned by this title. ‘The Guardian‘ and ‘A Fair Wind‘ are some of the examples of his work.

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