Alfred Dawson Victorian Ink Drawing The Cedars Chiswick William


Artist: Alfred Dawson (1858-1922)
Title: ‘The Cedars, Chiswick as in 1875’
Medium: Pen and Ink on Paper
Signed: “AD” (Monogram) and ‘A. Dawson| £8” (Reverse)
Date: c1890

This finely observed study entitled “The Cedars, Chiswick” was drawn by Alfred Dawson in the 1890s, when he would have been both the owner of this house and of William Hogarth’s studio just around the corner. The view later became a wood engraving, likely featuring in one of a number of journals that Dawson routinely provided illustrations for.

In 1891, along with his brother Charles, Alfred Dawson acquired the studio of William Hogarth. Though dilapidated, the historic site shared a garden wall with Dawson’s family home, “The Cedars” on Burlington Lane. The brothers also ran their Typographic Etching Company from the modest Hogarth Works on Short Road. According to Hogarth’s biographer Austin Dobson, Dawson restored the House with care and let it to John Allgrove, who ran the Hogarth Nursery there from 1895.

Alfred Dawson was a etcher and painter of the Victorian period, who specialised in landscapes and topographical views. He exhibited frequently at the Royal Academy from 1860-1889, as well at the Royal Society of Painters and Etchers; the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.

Size: 40.5 x 18cm (16 x 7”)