John Dixon(circa 1740-1811), Engraver
Artist associated with 47 portraits
Dublin-born Dixon trained at the drawing school of the Dublin Society and moved to London around 1765. He exhibited at the Society of Artist from 1766. In 1769, he was one of those appointed to arrange models at the society's teaching academy. He was a director in 1770-71, and again from 1772 to 1775. Most of Dixon's early plates were published by William Wynne Ryland. His work was distinguished and included several of the most highly rated plates of the day, including A Tigress, after George Stubbs (1772) and Reynolds's most celebrated history painting, Ugolino (1774). In 1775, Dixon married wealthy widow, Ann Kempe, after which he ceased working and lived a life of leisure.
by John Dixon, sold by Ryland and Bryer, after Sir Joshua Reynolds