Pair of Samuel Dixon 'basso relievo' watercolours of birds & flowers
Samuel Dixon (died 1769) was an Irish artist, known for his water colour paintings and his depictions of flowers and birds in embossed papier mache; he called the process ‘basso relievo’.
Curiously Dixon’s father was a hosier but his brother was also an artist specialising in mezzotint engraving.
In 1748, he was listed as a “picture dealer and painter” in Capel Street, Dublin, Ireland.
Dixon produced sets of twelve hand-coloured basso-relievo prints. He advertised the first, featuring floral arrangements, in Faulkner’s Dublin Journal on 26 April 1748. The next year he followed these with a set of designs copied from volumes 1–4 of George Edward’s Natural History of Uncommon Birds (1743–1751).
Towards the end of his life he had a shop in London but returned to Dublin in 1768. He died back in London on 27 January 1769.