Framed original watercolour painting of Campania arriving at New York on the 1st September, 1899. The Campania had travelled from Liverpool 26th August, 1899. Signed by the artist, Charles Dixon, 1899 in the lower left corner. Framed with museum glass.
RMS Campania was a British ocean liner owned by the Cunard Steamship Line Shipping Company, built by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company of Govan, Scotland, and launched on Thursday, 8 September 1892.
Charles Dixon was born at Goring-on-Thames in December 1872 and died in 1934.
He was a British maritime painter of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, whose work was highly successful and regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy.
Dixon was the son of Alfred Dixon, a successful genre painter, who educated his son in his trade. Charles also became a professional artist, and soon had a successful practice producing nautical scenes, both watercolours of coastal life and large oil paintings of historical or contemporary naval subjects.
He mainly painted scenes of steam and sail on the Thames, south coast ports and yachting including Cowes Week. Other subjects include naval battles and Liners including the RMS Titanic.
He lived at Itchenor in Sussex, where he was a keen yachtsman.
Several of his paintings are now in the collection of the National Maritime Museum in London. Among his work was a large body of work produced for magazines and periodicals, including The Graphic. In 1900 he was made a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours.
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