Thomas Coleman Dibdin – At Mochore, North Wales


Watercolour and pencil heightened with white on grey paper, inscribed with the title (lower left). Presented with a new wash-line mount lettered with the artist’s name. Framed and glazed.

Sheet: 13 1/4 x 9 1/8 in. (33.5 x 23.2 cm.)
Frame: 23 1/8 x 18 1/8 in. (58.9 x 46.2 cm.)

Provenance; Formerly with Alister Mathews Cat.75, item 361. Ref: Witt library.


Alister Mathews 1907-1985 was an art dealer. Born in Watford, England on April 7th, 1907. During the 1920s he operated Grayhound Press, a private press through which he published his friend Monk Gibbon. From the early 1950s until sometime in the 1970s he operated as a dealer in prints and drawings, rare books and manuscripts. He died in Bournemouth in 1985. Alister Sold Indian paintings to the BM in 1943 and prints and drawings to P&D Colnaghi from the 1950s onwards. His name is often misspelt but can be verified as Alister Mathews through his advertisements in ‘Master Drawings’.


Dibdin, Thomas Coleman (1810-1893)

Thomas Coleman Dibdin was a son of the dramatist Thomas Dibdin and grandson of the dramatist/composer Charles Dibdin, who was also a talented amateur painter. Born in Bletchworth, Surrey on October 22nd, 1810. He began his working life in the General Post Office as a Clerk, at seventeen years old. Eleven years later, at the age of 28, he left the Post Office to take up painting professionally. Dibdin travelled widely throughout Europe, including, France, Germany and Belgium. Whilst there he drew old towns and attractive buildings. Later, Dibdin invented the process of Chromolithography. He exhibited at both the Royal Academy and the Society of British Artists from 1831 to 1839. In 1848 he published a work entitled Progressive Lessons in Water Colour Painting. Dibdin died in Sydenham on December 26th, 1893.