Lowes Cato Dickinson (1818-1908)


b. 1819 in Kilburn (near London), England; d. 1908 in England
English portrait painter in the Victorian establishment.  Also painted and lithographed sporting pictures.  Son and pupil of stationer and lithographic publisher, Joseph Dickinson.  Inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites.  Taught drawing with John Ruskin and Dante Rossetti.  Exhibitions of his portraits at the Royal Academy from 1848-91.

Wood, Victorian ptrs.; Rodney Engen, "Dict. of Victorian Engravers".


From the "Artist's Papers Registry"

Functions, occupations and activities
Born at Kilburn (27 November 1819), whose father (Joseph Dickinson) had a stationery and lithography publishing business in Bond Street, London; worked as a lithographer with his father; exhibited at the Royal Academy (1848-1891); went to Italy and Sicily (1850-1853); returned to London and took a studio in Langham Chambers and became acquainted with the Pre-Raphaelites; married Margaret Ellen Williams (15 October 1857) and had two sons and five daughters; was one of the founders of, and taught drawing at, the Working Men's College; helped to found, and was treasurer of, the Artists rifles volunteer corps (1860); moved to Hanwell, Middlesex (1864-1879); built a house for himself, All Souls' Place, where he died (15 December 1908); buried in Kensal Green cemetery

Letters (21) to O Browning, c1883-1904
Held at: Cambridge University: King's College Archive Centre
Document reference: OB
Comments: Access by appointment only


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