Miss Dixon was an accomplished artist too — a miniaturist. Louisa wrote to a friend:
I have a charming person here, Miss Dixon, a miniature painter and a most delightful companion — honest and independent, with great agreeability. Her works are admirable — children especially. Did you see the Princess Beatrice at the Exhibition this year by her? — it was like a little Velasquez. [Hare III: 286]
She has shown Annie Dixon, neat and intent, perhaps looking at a sketch-book, perhaps even one of Louisa's own.
The two women had evidently known each other for a very long time: Louisa's sister Lady Canning, who died in 1861, had been especially fond of Miss Dixon's "beautiful miniature" of Louisa "on a gold ground," which was sent out to her in Calcutta, and which she always kept "close by her side" (Hare III: 121).
Hare, Augustus J. C. The Story of Two Noble Lives, Being Memorials of Charlotte, Countess Canning, and Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford. Vol. III. London: George Allen, 1893. Internet Archive. Contributed by Harvard University. Web. 24 August 2015.
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