Dobson, Austin(Henry Austin Dobson), 1840–1921, English poet and essayist. From 1856 to 1901 he was employed in the Board of Trade. His volumes of light verse include Vignettes in Rhyme (1873), Proverbs in Porcelain (1877), and At the Sign of the Lyre (1885). Among his studies of 18th-century England are Eighteenth Century Vignettes (3 series, 1892–96) and his biographies of Fielding (1883), Steele (1886), Goldsmith (1888), Richardson (1902), and Fanny Burney (1903).
See study by A. Dobson (1928, repr. 1970).