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William Augustus Rixon, fl. 1880-1936

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William Augustus Rixon was a landscape painter based in Staines.

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Rixon painted in a rustic style. He was an active exhibitor between 1880 and 1936, showing in London at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painter, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Society of British Artists, Grosvenor Gallery, New English Art Club, Dudley Gallery, Dowdeswell Galleries, Agnew and Sons Gallery, and Cooling and Sons Gallery. He was a member of The Arts Club from 1893 to at least 1920.

In 1884 Rixon was included in a list by JW that may have been for the private viewing of 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884 (#08683). In the same year he was elected a member of the Society of British Artists, a society that appointed JW its President in 1886. In 1885 Rixon, along with JW, promised to donate one of his pictures to the society which was holding a ballot to raise funds. The first fifty subscribers of £5.5 were to receive an etching by JW (#09363). In October 1886 the society's financial difficulties were in part met by a lottery of JW's etchings to which Rixon subscribed. At this time he was living at 57 St Charles Square, Notting Hill (#05276). Rixon was one of JW's staunch supporters in the RBA and was among those who resigned in support of JW when he was forced to stand down as President in 1888 (#03506).

In 1889 he was among those included in the preliminary preparations for a meal to be held at the Criterion on 1 May in celebration of JW's honorary membership of the Royal Academy in Munich. He was then living at Cookham Dean, Berkshire (#00631).

Bibliography:

Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 8 vols, Paris, 1956-61; Johnson, J., and A. Gruetzner, Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1980.