CANTON, Susan Ruth

1849 - 1932

Susan Ruth Canton, was born at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London on 5 February 1849, eldest child of Crucifix Canton (1823-1890), a dentist, and his first wife Susan née Brewer, who married at Norwich, Norfolk in 1846. Crucifix married secondly at Kensington in 1854, Eliza Bristow. In 1861, 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 step-mother 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 exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1881 a sculpture 'Isthmian Games' 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 and she also exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Miniature Society, the Bruton Galleries in London; the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool; Leeds City Art Gallery; Nottingham Castle Museum and at Manchester City art Gallery between 1880 and 1920. She spent long periods in Suffolk and her paintings of the Blyth estuary reached a wide public and were reproduced in coloured postcards. Susan, of St Martin's, 4 Garway Road, Leinster Square, died at 25 Leinster Square, London on 24 October 1932, she was unmarried. Canton was the author of 'The Meaning of a Dream' in 'Occult Review' volume 22, December 1915 (p.368)

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