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NELSON DAWSON N.E.A., R.B.A., R.E., A.R.W.S. (1859 – 1941)



“The Harbour Mouth, Scarborouigh”

Signed and titled in pencil.  Also signed with initials in the plate 

Plate size 6 7/8” x 9 5/8” (175mm x 250mm). 

Overall framed size 15 3/8” x 17 ½” (388mm x 445mm)                                                                                      IMAGE




“First World War.  Dover Airship searching for enemy submarines off Folkstone” 

Signed and inscribed “First Proof” in pencil.  Also signed with initials in the plate.

Plate size 6 7/8” x 9 ¼” (175mm x 237mm). 

Overall framed size 15 ¼” x 17 1/8” (386mm x 435mm)                                                                                      IMAGE




“Fishing Boat Coming in, Southwold” 

Signed in pencil.  Also signed with initials in the plate.  

Plate size 7 3/8” x 9 ¼” (186mm x 235mm) 

Overall framed size 15 ¾” x 17 1/8” (400mm x 434mm)                                                                                      IMAGE



“First World War Circa 1918, H.M.S. Seven with Mail Passes the French Fishing Fleet” 

Signed and titled in pencil Also signed with initials in the plate

Plate size 6 7/8” x 11 3/8” (175mm x 289mm) 

Overall framed size 15 ¼” x 19” (386mm x 483mm)                                                                                            IMAGE



We also have a number of artist’s trial proofs of etchings by Nelson Dawson, some signed in the plate.  Sold mounted though framing can be arranged.



Nelson Dawson was a coastal and landscape painter, metalworker and etcher.  He collaborated with his wife Edith Brearey in designing and making a wide range of fine metalwork and jewellery, examples of which can be found in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, City Art Gallery, Bristol and Stamford Museum.  Their work was also purchased by Queen Victoria.  He was born in Lincolnshire and although he lived in London he painted subjects mainly on the east coast in Yorkshire and East Anglia and also on the Cornish coast. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists (to which he was elected Member in 1890), the Royal Society of Painter Etchers and Engravers (to which he was elected Member in 1915), the Royal Institute, the Alpine Club Gallery, the Royal Society of Artists Birmingham, Colnaghi and Co. Galleries, Chenil Galleries, Dowdeswell Gallery, the Fine Art Society, the Grosvenor Gallery, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Goupil Gallery, the International Society, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, Leicester Gallery, the London Salon, Manchester City Art Gallery, the New English Art Club (to which he was elected Member in 1887), the New Gallery, Ridley Art Club, the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours and the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours (to which he was elected Associate Member in 1921). Examples of work by Nelson Dawson are in the City Art Gallery, Bristol. He died on 28th October 1941.


Between the 1st September 2007 and the 26th January 2008 an exhibition of Nelson’s work was held at Stamford Museum comprising of work from their collection and items lent by the Victoria and Albert Museum and other Public and Private Collections.  This was accompanied by a lecture on the life and work of Nelson and Edith Dawson at Stamford Theatre on the 10th January 2008.


There is also a biography of Nelson and Edith Dawson, written by their daughter Rhoda, a photocopy of which accompanies each etching.