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SKU: 0914/sum11 Category: Tag:
SKU: 0914/sum11

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1872 – 1934
River Thames Scene, Langham Sketch
Signed & dated 1898
Stock Number: 0914/sum11
Height: 18.75 ins / 47.63 cms
Width: 29.75 ins / 75.57 cms
Price: SOLD

Charles Dixon was born in Goring-on-Thames, son of Alfred Dixon. He was an illustrator and worked for the illustrated London news the Sphere and the Graphic. Dixon could also have been classified as ‘neglected’. His style is rather similar to that of WL Wyllie, perhaps a trifle softer, and his colours are usually warm and his draughtsman ship accurate. He performed a fine service in recording many scenes on the tidal Thames and exhibited in the Royal Academy from 1889 onwards. He is perhaps better known today for his watercolours than his oils, although the latter have much merit. He spent his final years in Itchenor, West Sussex.

Drawing for your Supper
The Langham Sketching Club could boast the cream of London’s artists. Every Friday night, at seven o’clock sharp, from October to May, the members, including such all-time greats as Arthur Rackham, Sir John Tenniel and George Keene would get together in their studio-cum-clubhouse-cum-dining-room and draw for two hours on any given subject.These drawings were then pinned up and a lively discussion ensued, based on the work’s merit.

At nine thirty a hearty supper of bread, cheese and endless beer was served and the rest of the evening was spent in conversation or entertainment, either amongst themselves or from any of a large selection of popular entertainers who were only to pleased to be associated with such worthy company. In those pre-television and radio days, most people had developed some method of entertaining themselves and others, whether it be singing, telling fanciful monologues, playing musical instruments or even performing magic tricks.

In 1898 a ridiculous argument broke out amongst the members, as to whether the suppers should be hot or cold. Daft as it seems now, a largish group, including such luminaries as Phil May, Tom Browne and Dudley Hardy (who all wanted hot), broke away from the Langham (who wanted cold) and the London Sketch Club was born.

The inaugural meeting was held at the Florence Restaurant (now long gone) at seven o’clock on 1st April 1898, and the club closely followed the style and format of its rather disapproving mother, the Langham. The members proper were all artists but there was quite a healthy lay membership, including actors, singers, writers and well-known men-about-town. The only people who got short shrift were those ”self opinionated bumptious snobs infatuated with their own self importance.” Some things never change.

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