Mabel Mary Spanton

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Mabel Mary Spanton, Member, RWS (1 December 1874 — ca. 1940) was an English landscape painter who primarily worked in watercolour.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Mabel Mary Spanton was born in Hanley, Staffordshire on 1 December 1874, the daughter of Dr. William Dunnet Spanton, F.R.C.S.[1] She studied art at Hanley School of Art under J. S. Cartlidge, and also in Newlyn, Cornwall under Stanhope Forbes, R.A.[1]

Spanton was elected as a member of the prestigious Royal Watercolour Society in 1927.[1] She travelled and painted extensively across the Continent including the Balearic Islands in 1925, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium in 1928, and in England and Scotland in 1938.[2] During the early 1920s Spanton lived in both Hastings and Bexhill, Sussex before spending the majority of her later years abroad.[3]


She exhibited extensively including in London 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; 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.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Who's Who in Art (Third Edition, 1934)
  2. ^ National Art Library Catalogue
  3. ^ a b The Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940 (Antique Collectors Club, 1980)