Object of the Month: June 2021

Published: 24 May 2021

St Paul's, London by Henry Dawson

St Paul's, London by Henry Dawson

Chosen by

Kerem, Digital Team


Fine Art

Object Name

'St Paul's, London'

Place Made

London, UK

Object Information

Year of production: c.1860

Artist: Henry Dawson (1811–1878)

Medium : oil on canvas

Dawson, from Hull, was brought up in Nottingham and worked as a 'twist hand' in a lace factory, painting in his spare time. From 1835 he painted full-time and in 1849 moved to London. His eldest son Henry Thomas was a marine painter.

Henry Dawson painted three versions of the same subject - a 19th century view of the River Thames, London at sunset.

This impressive painting can be seen in the Victorian Art Gallery at Leicester Museums & Art Gallery which aims to reopen to visitors from 21st June 2021.