Trent Lock on the Grantham Canal
Trent Lock on the Grantham Canal

HENRY DAWSON (1811-1878)

Trent Lock on the Grantham Canal

1849 United Kingdom

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Henry Dawson
1811 - 1878
Trent Lock on the Grantham Canal
Oil on canvas, signed and dated lower left '1849'
Image size: 32 x 48 inches
Hand made gilt frame
Henry Dawson was born in Hull in 1811. The son of a flax dresser, he was put to work in a lace factory in Nottingham from the age of seven. His natural talent for art led to him supplementing his income by selling paintings, at first for half a crown each. He gave up the lace trade and became a professional painter in 1835. His only formal training was from James Baker Pyne, the renowned watercolourist and landscape painter, in London. During his lifetime he exhibited many times at the Royal Academy, as well as the British Institution and Nottingham and Liverpool Art Galleries.

Grantham Canal stretches for thirty-three miles fron Grantham to West Bridgford, where it falls through eighteen locks before it joins the River Trent. Built in 1797 for the transportation of coal to Grantham, it prospered until 1841 after which it went into a steady decline. Dawson's work, dated 1849, depicts this downturn with its portrayal of rather languid figures and sense of inertia. He was often compared to Turner, although he definitely had his own distinctive style which awarded him much success during his lifetime.
Height 32.00 inch (81.28 cm)
Width 48.00 inch (121.92 cm)
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated lower left '1849'
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