Owen Dalziel was a painter. He was the son of Thomas Dalziel, who was the brother of George Dalziel (1815-1902), Edward Dalziel (1817-1905) and John Dalziel (1822-69), the brothers who formed the wood-engraving firm, the Brothers Dalziel, initially set up by George in 1839. Owen's brother Herbert was also a painter.
Owen Dalziel, who specialised in landscape, figure and marine painting, became a member of the New English Art Club in 1888, the year Whistler exhibited with the group. He was active in exhibiting between 1880 and 1908 and showed at the Royal Society of British Artists, a society which had elected Whistler its President in June 1886. He also exhibited at the Royal Academy, Grosvenor Gallery, Dudley Art Gallery, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour and Royal Institute of Oil Painters in London, as well as at the Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Manchester City Art Gallery.
O. Dalziel was amongst those proposed invitees to a dinner organised by W. C. Symons to congratulate Whistler on being made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Munich, a dinner which was to be held at the Criterion in Piccadilly on 1 May 1889 (#00631, #05635).
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