Anne Langton

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Anne Langton
Anne Langton self portrait.jpg
self portrait, 1833
Born (1804-06-24)June 24, 1804
Yorkshire Dales, United Kingdom
Died May 10, 1893(1893-05-10) (aged 88)
Toronto, Canada
Nationality British-Canadian
Known for Painting

Anne Langton (June 24, 1804 – May 10, 1893) was an English artist who specialized in landscapes and miniature portraiture.[1] In 1837, she settled on the frontier in Upper Canada, where she continued her artwork and also became known for her writing.[2][3]


She was born to Thomas and Ellen Langton in the Yorkshire Dales, but within a few months, they moved to Lancashire, where she was raised in a mansion named Blythe Hall, near Ormskirk. She and her brothers William and John were educated at home by their parents and private tutors. Her family travelled extensively through Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland, while the children received private art lessons from masters and exposure to literary figures wherever they stayed.[4]

Following the Napoleonic Wars, which ended in 1815, Thomas Langton's business in England became unstable and the family was forced to return to England from their travels and studies in 1821. On their return they were forced to sell their mansion, dismiss all but one servant, and move to a small townhouse in Liverpool. At age 16, Anne took on many of the housekeeping duties and the care of her aging parents, while continuing her art work and training when possible.[5][6]

After further financial losses, the family moved to Bootle, a small spa town north of Liverpool. Anne continued to hone her artistic skills and to visit friends and relatives throughout Britain for access to landscapes to sketch. She was also adept at painting miniatures in watercolor on ivory.[7]

Rosedale in 1882 by Anne Langton

In 1833, Anne's brother John, after graduating from Cambridge, emigrated to Upper Canada and the family moved into a smaller house in Bootle. Langton's early years in Canada were published as A Gentlewoman in Upper Canada.[8] By this time, nearing 30 years of age, Anne had not married and was experiencing hearing loss. By 1836, Anne's brother William had become a very successful Manchester businessman and he offered to pay his family's living expenses to enable them to stay in England, but the next year the family decided to join John Langdon in Canada.[9]

Anne, her parents, and a maiden aunt, departed from Liverpool on May 24, 1837 and arrived in New York three weeks later. Their land journey through Toronto to arrived Peterborough, Ontario took nearly two months, due to sightseeing at New York and Niagara Falls, visiting, and several illnesses on the way. They settled on John's farm on Sturgeon Lake, near Fenelon Falls, Ontario.[10]

She died in 1893, in Toronto at age 88.[11]


  1. ^ "Archives of Ontario - Anne Langton: The Early Years". Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  2. ^ "Archives of Ontario - Anne Langton: The Early Years". Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  3. ^ "Archives of Ontario - Anne Langton: The Grand Tour - Part One". Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  4. ^ "Archives of Ontario - Anne Langton: The Early Years". Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  5. ^ "Archives of Ontario - Anne Langton: The Grand Tour - Continued". Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  6. ^ "Archives of Ontario - Anne Langton: Back in Britain". Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  7. ^ "Archives of Ontario - Anne Langton: Back in Britain". Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  8. ^ Farr, Dorothy; Luckyj, Natalie (1975). From Women's Eyes: Women Painters in Canada. Kingston: Agnes Etherington Art Centre. p. 14. 
  9. ^ "Archives of Ontario - Anne Langton: Miniatures on Ivory". Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  10. ^ "Archives of Ontario - Anne Langton: Emigration". Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  11. ^ "Archives of Ontario - Anne Langton: The Final Years". Retrieved 2017-03-14. 

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