Annie Swynnerton

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Annie Louisa Robinson Swynnerton (1844 – 24 October 1933) was an English painter.[1]

She was born in Hulme in Manchester. She was one of seven daughters of solicitor Francis Robinson; she began painting to contribute to the family's support. Later she trained at the Manchester School of Art and the Académie Julian in Paris. She married sculptor Joseph Swynnerton in 1883 and lived with him in Rome for much of her maturity.

She was an active feminist and suffragette.[2] With Susan Dacre she founded the Manchester Society of Women Painters in 1876.

Among her creations were Cupid and Psyche.

In 1922 she became the first female associate of the Royal Academy since the 18th century. She died on Hayling Island in 1933.[3]


  1. ^ Deborah Cherry, Painting Women: Victorian Women Artists, London Routledge, 1993.
  2. ^ Elizabeth Crawford, The Women's Suffrage Movement, London, Routledge, 2001; p. 669.
  3. ^ "Swynnerton [née Robinson], Annie Louisa (1844–1933)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/60287.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)


  • Thomson, Susan. Manchester's Victorian Art Scene And Its Unrecognised Artists , Manchester Art Press, 2007 ISBN 978-0-9554619-0-3

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