As Twilight Fades beneath the Moon away
Oil on canvas; signed
24 x 36 inches
Before Dickson made his debut at the Royal Academy in 1897, the F Newcombe Gallery in Bristol held an exhibition of his paintings of North Devon in 1894. Of the 72 works displayed, this painting was singled out by a critic: ‘A special feature of the exhibition is the display of pictures containing moonlight effects - a class of work in which the artist excels, and one of his most ambitiousproducts is of this description. “As twilight fades beneath the moon away” is the title. In it the haze over the water and the moonbeams breaking through dull clouds are very cleverly depicted’ (Bristol Mercury, 1894). Painted here is a footbridge spanning, most likely, the East or West Lyn River near Lynmouth, Devon. The title is taken from a poem by Byron.