Thomas Francis Dicksee was an English painter, primarily a portraitist and painter of historical, genre subjects — often from Shakespeare. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1841 until the year of his death. His brother John Robert Dicksee was also a painter, and his children, Frank and Margaret likewise became painters. In The Dictionary of Victorian Painters, Herbert Dicksee is given as his son also, but according to the City of London School, where Herbert taught, he was the son of John Robert Dicksee.
He attained a great deal of fame during his lifetime as a painter of the famous
(including royalty and three American presidents), and this allowed him
a great accumulation of wealth during his lifetime. He used this money
primarily to build a substantial art collection, which he donated to the
Swedish state upon his death, and also to purchase 40 timber houses
which Zorn wished to preserve to ensure that the art of traditional
timber building was not forgotten. This reflects the respect of Zorn for
his other great subject of painting, which was poor and working people,
and rural environments.