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Annie Dixon

by Louisa Anne Beresford
watercolour and pencil, 12 October 1887
3 3/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (87 mm x 150 mm)
Given by Anne Horatia (née Richmond), Lady Piper, 1994
NPG D23146(15)

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bruce bennett

28 January 2018, 03:40

I have done a little research on Annie Dixon as she was a cousin and painted miniatures of quite a few members of the extended Bennett family. Here are my rough notes. sources in square brackets.
Annie Dixon was born at Horncastle, Lincs. in 1817 and studied with Mrs.Dalton. She began her professional career in 1840 and for above half a century exhibited yearly in the Royal Academy, some of the most beautiful miniature portraits which she executed. She worked with untiring industry and her work was a labour of love. She painted over a thousand miniatures, travelling about painting clients in country houses. To her great artistic powers she joined a wonderful vivacity and fund of conversation and her remarkeable personality enabled her to retain her keen intellectual faculties when, owing to failing eyesight she had to discontinue what was to her sacred art. She was patronised by Queen Victoria and the aristocracy
She painted Queen Victoria, The Prince Consort and all the Royal Family, also Alexandra, Princess of Wales immediately after the marriage. By special arrangement she also painted the Princess Alexandra for a present to the Prince of Wales, for on his first birthday after the marriage. She was sent away from Sandringham for the weekends that the Prince might not see her at church and discover the secret of the painting. These weekends she spent with Henry and Elizabeth Bennett at Whittlesey or with Charles Bennett at Kings Lynn. [obituary, February 1901] In 1851 Annie Dixon, portrait painter, boarded in Sculcoates in the home of Ann Cook widow, photographic artist 34 from Lincoln and Ann’s daughter-in-law Mary Allatt 28 from Lincoln. In 1871 she lived in her parents old house in East street Horncastle with a servant and her sister Lanora Walker Stapleforth widow 50 annuitant from Horncatle. In 1881 she was 63 a miniature painter artist living in Christchurch, Hampshire with retired Major General Evan Maberly and family. In 1891 she was a miniature portrait painter 74 living in St George Hanover Square with a servant and a visitor Annie G Dixon 28 a governess from the Isle of Wight.
She painted Sarah (née Bennett) Wellington in 1843, Charles and Sibella Bennett in 1848, James Martin Wellington in 1853, Elizabeth Lloyd in 1854 and a beautiful miniature of Charles Bennett later on. [C.B.Lloyd] [Clayton Vol.2 English Female Artists, 1876] [Foster, Miniature Painters British and Foreign, 1903] There is one with a red flower in Sarah's hand; a fancy of hers in connection with her engagement. Annie Dixon died in 1901 at her residence in Eaton Terrace, London. In 1816 the wedding of Henry Bennett to Elizabeth Coxell was witnessed by Elizabeth Dixon.

William Dixon 14 June 1781 Donington son of William and Ann, married Susannah and in 1841 William was a corn chandler 55 living in Horncastle with Susan 55, Leonora 20, William 20 and two servants. In 1851 William was a cornchandler living in Prospect street Horncastle with a servant.In 1861 William 79 was a retired corn chandler from Donington living in East street Horncastle with Susanna 75 from Portney, Lincs, Frances M 46 principal of a ladies school, and a servant.
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Frances M Dixon 1815
Leonora Walker Dixon 1816 married Thomas Stableforth on 27 June 1849 at Spalding bap 4 Nov 1817 Pinchbeck son of John Stableforth. Thomas died at Spalding in 1853. In 1861 Leonora W Stableforth 43 widow was a grocer and draper in Pinchbeck with Son John W 9 and da Charlotte L 7 and two grocer’s assistants. Leonora Walker Stableforth died in London in March q 1885 aged 69.
Annie Dixon 1818
William 1820 a printer’s apprentice living at home in 1841.
Emily Susan 22 Feb 1823 Horncastle
In 1851 Frances M Dixon 36 was a schoolmistress from Horncastle living in London Road, Spalding with her sister Emily S and two servants. In 1871 Frances M Dixon schoolmistress 56 lived at the boarding school in London Road, Spalding, with her sister Emily s 47 and nieces Charlotte S Stableforth 17 from Pinchbeck and Gertrude Hutchinson 17 from Howden in Yorks, three assistant teachers, two servants and 23 female pupils aged 9 to 16. In 1881 Frances M Dixon 66 retired schoolmistress lived in 49 Coleshill street, St George Hanover Square with sisters Lenora W Stableforth widow 65 and Emily Susan Dixon 57 both no occuption and from Horncastle, nephew John W Stableforth 29 a chemist from Pinchbeck, niece Frances Hutchinson 19 an art student from Yorkshire, and a servant. In 1891 John W Stableforth 39 was a chemist living in Brighton with his assistant, his aunt Emily S Dixon 68, his sister Charlotte L Stableforth 37 a governess, and a servant.

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