DICKSON, Evangeline Mary Lambart

1922 - 2004

As Evangeline Mary Lambart Sladen, she was born at Sheffield on 31 August 1922, daughter of Hugh Alfred L. Sladen (1879-1962) and his wife Catherine Motce née Booth, and great-granddaughter of General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army. Educated at a boarding school at Stover, Newton Abbot, Devon and on leaving worked as a nurse and then as a teacher. She married in 1949, John Wanless Dickson (1920-2001), a medical student, and painted under the name of Evangline Dickson. Her husband became an orthopaedic surgeon and in 1960, with a family of one son and two daughters, moved to Westerfield near Ipswich. Her new house was constructed with a studio, when Evangeline was able to follow her passion for painting her highly individual works, mostly in her preferred medium of watercolour. Although not attending an art school, she studied with two local artists, miniaturist Violet Nellie Garrod [q.v.] and Anna Airy [q.v.] and was to have a prodigious output. Always willing to experiment, she worked in a wide variety of styles which varied from cotton grasses and wild flowers, to farm wagons and prehistoric monuments. Dickson exhibited throughout Suffolk as well as with both the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour also at the Paris Salon. A founder member of the British Watercolour Society and, after becoming a Member in 1960, for some time Chairman of the Ipswich Art Society, and exhibited from Stow House, Westerfield, Ipswich including in 1977, 'Glorious Weeds', in 1980 four pictures 'A Place to Ride', 'The Strawberry Field', 'Autumn Light' and 'The Day of the Butterflies', in 1990 three works 'Hebridean Shore', 'The Unloved Cardboard City' and 'Bird's Eye View, Uffington White House', in 1997 three works 'Avebury, Wiltshire', 'Building the Orwell Bridge' and 'Dawn, Mist and Hungry Birds' and was a regular annual exhibitor. She was commissioned to illustrate Lee Chadwick's 'In Seach of Heathland' (1982). In the last years of her life, she suffered from Alzheimer's disease and she and her husband, moved to live with their daughter at Wirksworth in Derbyshire where she died on 21 May 2004. A large exhibition of Evangeline Dickson's work was held at Woodbridge, Suffolk in September 2003 and her watercolour 'A Forest Clearing' was shown at the Centenary Exhibition of the Ipswich Art Club in 1974. Examples of her work can be found in art galleries in Sheffield and Ipswich and in private collections worldwide.











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