Dawson studied at Shipley School of Art and at the Forbes School. He was later Headmaster of Bingley, Nelson and Accrington Schools of Art, and lived in Accrington, Lancashire.
Landscape painter in oil and watercolour
Manchester International Society
Graves British Artists 1880-1940
Green (2002) Posing the Model
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists