William Dixon

Cottages near a Track

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On display at Tate Britain

William Dixon ?1784 or 5–c.1834
Oil paint on paper on paper and canvas
Support: 163 x 202 mm
frame: 232 x 276 x 56 mm
Purchased 1984

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Until recently little has been know about William Dixon and his work has been confused with that of his friend and mentor, John Linnell. After his death, Linnell bought Dixon's 'sketches from nature and studies for Pictures', including this bright and bold study of a rural track, perhaps a Northumberland subject.


Linnell observed that Dixon made no use of his 'beautiful studies from nature',
and didn't look after them properly. Perhaps he was unable to solve the problem of translating the freshness
of his sketches into works for exhibition.


Gallery label, September 2002

Catalogue entry

William Dixon ?1784 or 5 - c.1834

T03855 Cottages near a Track

Oil on paper laid on paper and canvas 163 x 202 (6 7/16 x 8)
Purchased (Grand-in-Aid) 1984
Prov: The artist's nephew, William Dixon, from whom bt by John Linnell 1834 or 5; his executors, sold Harrie Stacey & Son, Redstone Wood, Reigate, 18-19 Dec. 1917 (according to 1954 Sotheby's cat. cited below; possibly in lot 555 or 556, both described as 'a quantity of various sketches'); ...; anon, sale, Sotheby's 28 July 1954 (in 91, 'a large parcel', as Linnell) ₤45 bt Jeannerat; ...; unidentified sale, Sotheby's, early 1980s, bt Timothy Hobart, from whom bt by Tate Gallery

This may be a scene in Northumberland, where Dixon worked from about 1816 onwards (see under T03856).

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, p.65

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