SPANTON, Helen Margaret

1877 - 1934

Helen Margaret Spanton, was born at Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk in 1877, eldest child of William Silas Spanton [q.v.] and his wife Sarah née Pechey, who married at Bury St Edmund's in 1876. Educated at Bury St Edmund's and art training in London. In 1901, an artist, portrait painter & copyist in oil, living with her mother at the home of her uncle, Elisha Pechey, at Greencroft, Hadley Crescent, Hadley Wood, Barnet. Her father and the rest of her family had moved to this address by 1911, when Helen was a 33 year old artist painter, with parents Silas 65 and Sarah 63, and siblings Dorothy 32 and Arthur Pechey 30, all born at Bury St Edmund's. She was keen suffragette, who did not sever her ties with Bury St Edmund's completely as in 1918, she and her sister Dorothy, purchased the freehold of 10-12 The Traverse and 9 Well Street in the town. On her father's death in 1930, he left his assets including his home at 1 The Paragon, Blackheath, Kent to Helen and where Helen died on 17 September 1934, she was unmarried, her will is at Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds (HD 2110/11). Helen exhibited at the New English Art Club 1910-1915 from Barnet and her work is held at Brighton and Hove Museums and Art Galleries and the Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Works by This Artist