CANTON, Susan Ruth

1849 - 1932

Susan Ruth Canton was born at St Martin's Lane, Trafalgar Square, London on 5 February 1849, eldest child of Crucifix Canton (1822-1890), a dentist, and his first wife Susan Brewer, daughter of John Sherren Brewer, who married at St Andrew & Christchurch, Eaton, Norwich on 26 December 1846, his wife Susan died in February 1849. Crucifix married secondly St Anne's Church, Soho, London on 3 June 1854, Eliza Bristow (1831-21 March 1863), second daughter of the late David Bristow of Boston. In 1861, Susan was a 12-year-old living at 6 Earls Terrace, St Mary Abbotts, Kensington, London with her father, 39-year-old Crucifix and 30-year-old stepmother Eliza, with ten-year-old sister Katherine, but by 1871 Crucifix was again a widower, living at 40 St Martins Lane, London with his two daughters. Susan studied at the Royal Female School of Art 1872-1879, where in 1875 she won the gold medal for her statue 'The Dying Cavalier' and the following year the Princess of Wales first scholarship and won several medals for her work. In 1894 she was appointed teacher of modelling at the Royal Female School of Art and was a sculptor, modeller, wax modeller, and painter and participated in the annual exhibitions of the Society of Women Artists between 1895 and 1909. She also exhibited at the Royal Academy; at the Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Miniature Society, the Bruton Gallery in London; the Walker Art Gallery; Leeds Art Gallery; Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery and at Manchester City Art Gallery between 1880 and 1920. She spent lengthy periods in Suffolk and her paintings of the Blyth estuary reached a wide public when reproduced in coloured postcards. Susan Ruth Canton of St Martin's, 4 Garway Road, Leinster Square, died at 25 Leinster Square, London on 24 October 1932, she was unmarried. Susan Canton was the author of 'The Meaning of a Dream' in 'Occult Review' volume 22, December 1915 (p.368)

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 40 St Martin's Lane, Charing Cross, Westcentral London
1880 1552 Eve - sculpture
1881 1525 Gareth and the Star of Evening - sculpture
         1553 Before the Contest - sculpture
1882 1614 Design for a Hygienic Medal - sculpture
1883 1681 Hakon Jarl and Thora of Rimol - sculpture
1884 1673 'The Light of Asia' - bronze statuette
1886 1764 'What hast thou done' - sculpture group
         1775 'The Star of Fate' - sculpture group
1887 1884 Design for a medal to commemorate the Jubilee of Queen Victoria's Reign
         1923 Scherzo - terracotta statuette
         1925 Capriccia - terracotta statuette
from 84 Cornwall Road, Bayswater, West London
1890 2095 Women at Bath - low relief
1892 1887 Azrael, the Angel of Death - sculpture
from 6 Beaumont Street, Portland Place
1897 2035 Design for Huxley Memorial Medal
1908 18845 Italy - coloured wax
1910 1896 Girl Feeding Pigeons - coloured wax
from 8 Kensington Gardens, Bayswater, West London
1912 1961 The Welcome - coloured wax
1913 1873 Caprice - miniature coloured wax
1914 2235 Snowflakes - sculpture
         2236 Down on the Jungfrau - sculpture
1917 1640 A Modern Dance - wax relief

Works by This Artist