Born in Oxfordshire, Charles Edward Dixon was one of the best marine artists of the last century. As was often the case, he was a keen sailor.
He produced both historical and contemporary paintings for the Graphic and other magazines. From 1889 onwards he exhibited at the Royal Academy. His early paintings show a free-flowing impressionistic style which is best depicted in his Thames estuary scenes. He painted postcards and posters for many of the British lines as well as a number from overseas.