DICKSON, Evangeline Mary Lambart

1922 - 2004

As Evangeline Mary Lambart Sladen, she was born at Sheffield on 31 August 1922, daughter of Hugh Alfred Sladen 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. 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 work, mostly in her preferred medium of watercolour. Although not attending an art school, she studied with miniaturist Violet Nellie Garrod (1898-1981) and local artist 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 and at the Paris Salon. A founder member of the British Watercolour Society and for some time Chairman of the Ipswich Art Society, after becoming a Member in 1960 and exhibited from Stow House, Westerfield, Ipswich in 1977 'Glorious Weeds', four pictures in 1980 'A Place to Ride', 'The Strawberry Field', 'Autumn Light' and 'The Day of the Butterflies' and three pictures in 1990 'Hebridean Shore', 'The Unloved Cardboard City' and 'Bird's Eye View, Uffington White House' in 1997 'Avebury, Wiltshire', 'Building the Orwell Bridge' and 'Dawn, Mist and Hungry Birds' and was a regular 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.

Works by This Painter