Artwork of the Month - April 2014
Artist: Charles Dixon (1872-1934)
Medium: Mixed Media
Status: Permanent collection
Acc. No.: GMAG 1985.432
Charles Dixon, son of the artist Alfred Dixon, specialised in Naval, Maritime and Military subjects. He depicted a number of World War I events including the Gallipoli landings. He regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy and was a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour.
For a period Dixon worked for a number of illustrated newspapers including the Daily Graphic. This picture was originally presented by the proprietors of the Graphic to A J Young as a shooting trophy.
In this drawing, Dixon captures the atmosphere of an un-named shipyard with great skill and a clear understanding of the subject. The noise, smoke and frantic industrial activity created by the shipyard is palpable.