Charles Edward Dixon, RI 1872-1934

Dixon is one of the most popular and sought after marine painters of the early 20th Century. Renowned for watercolours, he typically depicted famous historical subjects but also painted contemporary views. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1889 and was also a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in watercolours. Five of his works can be found in the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich.


Charles Edward Dixon demonstrated at the age of 16 for the first time at the Royal Academy before he decided to be a regular contributor to the leading Illustrated London News, the Graphic and the Sphere. Since it is believed that he happened to be the chum of Sir Thomas Lipton, whose grocery stores used to be so much a part of the English scene at one time, he was permitted to travel with on each of the five Shamrock boats that Lipton reserved for the America's Cup races. Besides that, Charles Edward has also exhibited his paintings at the New Watercolour Society, and numerous other venues, then was elected R.I. in 1900.


Various of Charles' paintings bear a lot of resemblance to the work of William Wyllie. Charles' draughtsmanship is apt, and he was a valuable and deserving practitioner of maritime painting. Charles is best recognised for his port scenes, particularly on the Thames. Charles Edward was a passionate yachtsman and resided at Itchenor on the Sussex coast.


He would paint ships, the sea, seashores, and most importantly, the life at sea, including all of the elements and factors contributing to the difficulty of being residential at sea at his time. He's best remembered for painting numerous boats and would treat them as life saviours. Fishing to him, was one of the best activities a man can ever do.


His applauded paintings included sketches and works of scenes that would relate to fishers and their unusual life. Charles Edward, a maritime painter with phenomenal humor, is praised for his highly paid paintings. Those paintings are still labeled as eye-catching, for they bear a lot of influence over the novel artists that cherish maritime life and want to excel through painting that. He died in 1934.