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.