Anne Dixon

Dates1799 - 1877
BornCranbrook, Kent, England
DiedFerring Vicarage, England

Anne Dixon, neé Austen, was a close childhood friend, an "almost sister," of Anna Atkins, and a second, distant cousin of the novelist Jane Austen. Dixon's mother died in 1811, and her father was an army Major stationed in Portugal, so Dixon was raised largely by Atkins's father.

Interested in botany, Dixon joined Atkins in collecting plant specimens, and the two spent the summer of 1852 together while Atkins was in mourning after her father's death. Dixon made cyanotypes of botanical specimens, and she presented an album of ferns to her nephew, Henry Dixon, who was interested in botany. Anne Dixon died of cancer at age sixty-four.