SPANTON, Mabel Mary

1874 - 1947

Mabel Mary Spanton, was born at 8 Old Hall Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire on 1 December 1874 and baptised at Hanley on 24 February 1875, secold child and eldest daughter of Dr William Dunnett Spanton, F.R.C.S., (1840-1922), a surgeon, and his wife Ellen Victoria née Bates (1837-1916), who married at Croydon, Surrey in 1867. Mabel studied at Hanley School of Art under Samuel Joseph Cartlidge (1871-1935) and at Newlyn, Cornwall under Stanhope Forbes (1857-1947) and won a silver medal for a watercolour interior at Tunbridge Wells Arts & Crafts. In 1911, giving her occupation as 'none', she was living at Parkfields, Tittensor, Stoke-on-Trent with her parents, 70 year old William and 73 year old Ellen, with an unmarried sibling sister Lilian 26. Elected a member of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1927 and during the early 1920s Spanton lived in both Hastings and at 1 Woodville Road, Bexhill-on-sea, Sussex before spending the majority of her later years painting in Europe, including the Balearic Islands in 1925, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium in 1928. She exhibited extensively including at the Royal Academy; London Salon; Royal Society of British Artists; Society of Women Artists; Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours; Women's International Art Club; Dudley Gallery and New Dudley Gallery; Goupil Gallery and the Walker Gallery. Elsewhere her work was exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy; Royal Hibernian Academy; Royal Cambrian Academy; Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours; Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts; Abbey Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent; Royal Society of Artists Birmingham; Walker Art Gallery Liverpool and at Bristol, Derby, Oldham, Hull, Newlyn, Southport, and Aberdeen. She exhibited at the Ipswich Art Society from c/o Messrs J. Bourlet, 17 Nassua Street, London in 1937, two works 'The Cypres Corner, Ronda' and 'Notre Dame, Bruges'. In 1939, 'on private means', living at Moors Plot, Tors Park, Okehampton, Devon and was of The Seven Stars Inn, South Tawton, Okehampton when she died on 28 January 1947, she was unmarried. She signed her works 'M. M. Spanton'.

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