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Lot 33: CHARLES DIXON (1872-1934). UNION - AUSTRALASIAN LINE TO NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA. Circa 1925. 35x23 inches, 90x59 cm.
27 October 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
CHARLES DIXON (1872-1934) UNION - AUSTRALASIAN LINE TO NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA. Circa 1925.
35 1/2x23 1/4 inches, 90 1/4x59 cm.
Condition A-: airbrushing in margins; repaired pin holes in corners.
The Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand was founded in 1875 and quickly became the largest shipping company in the Southern Hemisphere. Its routes were extensive enough to earn it the moniker of the "Southern Octopus." The RMS Tahiti began life as the RMS Port Kingston when she was constructed for the Imperial Direct West Mail Company. She was given her new name when acquired by the Union Steamship Line of New Zealand in 1911. Charles Dixon was a well-regarded painter of maritime scenes in both watercolor and oil and was a member of the Royal Academy. He worked for many different shipping companies, designing posters for P & O Line, Aberdeen Line, the Red Star Line, the French Line, the Khedival Mail Line and the White Star Line. This image was also used on the cover of a company timetable for the 1925-1926 season. Not in New Zealand.