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E. H. Dixon (1821-1884) – north London watercolour landscapes :: Peter Darley

  • Burgh House New End Square London, NW3 1LS UK (map)

Edward Henry Dixon painted watercolour landscapes of North London, from Holborn to Crouch End and from Somers Town to Tottenham. Prosaic rather than elegiac, his paintings represent an important social history at a time when landscapes were being compromised by the march of bricks and mortar - not least the trees he drew so well: among them the Gospel Oak, the Gibbet Elms and the Seven Sisters.

E. H. Dixon’s 1837 painting of the Great Dust-heap at King’s Cross, Battle Bridge (Wellcome Collection) came to the public’s attention through the 2011 exhibition Dirt: the filthy reality of everyday life. But it raises a host of questions: did he paint this aged 15, and many equally accomplished works aged eight; was his precocity related to nurture or nature; for whom was he painting; and who collected his works and annotated his paintings, often so erroneously?

We shall try to answer these questions in the talk, while enjoying his landscape paintings.

Our speaker Peter Darley is Secretary of the Camden Railway Heritage Trust, which he founded in 2007.

As this is our Christmas meeting, the talk will be preceded by mince pies and wine/fruit juice from 7pm.

Admission: Free to members. Non-members welcome (£2 at the door)