'In the High Seas'
Dawson was the son of a yachtsman and the grandson of the marine painter
Henry Dawson (1811-1878). Much of his childhood was spent on Southampton
Water where he was able to indulge his interest in the study of ships. For
a brief period around 1910 Dawson worked for a commercial art studio in
London, but with the outbreak of the First World War he joined the Royal
Navy. While serving with the Navy in Falmouth he met Charles Napier Hemy
(1841-1917), who became his tutor and considerably influenced his work.
Dawson was present at the final surrender of the German Grand Fleet and
many of his illustrations depicting the event were published in the
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