The death of this talented and promising artist, at the early age of thirty, took place on the 10th ult., and has occasioned much regret. He was one of the sons of Mr. W. Lawson, the portrait painter, and was born in Shropshire in December, 1851. His first work that attracted notice was the small study called "Cheyne Walk, Chelsea," which was at the Exhibition of the Royal Academy in 1870. In 1871 he contributed "The River in Rain," a Thames study of much merit, and "A Summer Evening at Cheyne Walk." "A Lament" appeared in 1872 ; "A Pastoral, in the Vale of Miefod, North Wales," in 1873. "The Hop Gardens of England" attracted popular attention in 1876. His "View from Don Saltero's, Cheyne Walk," had many excellent qualities, and could not be overlooked." The Wet Moon, Old Battersea," and "An Autumn Sunrise" were at the Academy in 1878. These works were followed in 1879 by "Sundown, Old Battersea," and in 1880 "A Moonlight Pastoral;" "The Pool" and "Bardon Moors" in 1881. In the Grosvenor Gallery Exhibition in 1878 was "The Minister's Garden;" and last, year, at the same place, he had "Wharfedale" and "The Valley of Desolation." His pictures in this year's Academy Exhibition are "The Doone Valley, North Devon," "Blackdown, Surrey," and "Peach-blossom."
The Portrait of Mr. Cecil Lawson is from a photograph by Messrs. Elliott and Fry.
Source: The Illustrated London News, No.2254—Vol. LXXXI, Saturday, July 15, 1882, p.56