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Byron Eric Dawson (1896-1968)

Artist, illustrator and teacher, born in Bambury, Oxfordshire, with a special interest in architectural subjects. As en engineering apprentice in Newcastle upon Tyne, where he settled, he was encouraged to study art at Armstrong College, teaching there until 1927. Success at the RA in 1928 launched his professional painting career, which soon was concentrated in the northeast of England, although Dawson did show briefly at RSA. Drew for the Newcastle Journal newspaper. Dawson contributed nine Lancashire scenes the Pilgrim Trust recording Britain project and was included in the 1990 show at the Victoria and Albert Museum, which holds his work as do Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle and Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead. His latter years, until a final illness, were marked by financial hardship.