Ruth Haviland Sutton was a portraitist, painter, lithographer, block printer and teacher of art who spent the bulk of her career in her native Massachusetts. She was born in Nantucket, a descendant of the Haviland china manufacturing family. Sutton studied at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art, Grand Central Artists School, the Arts Student League and with J. Farnsworth and Henry B. Snell. She was a member of several artists organizations including the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, the Nantucket Art Association, the Springfield (Massachusetts) Artists Guild, the Boston Society of Arts & Crafts and the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA). She exhibited regularly with many of these groups from the mid 1920s to the mid 1940s, winning numerous prizes. In 1955, she moved back to Nantucket. Her works are in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Springfield Museum of Art, the public libraries of Boston and New York City, and other institutional collections.
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Publication information under compass rose: Planned and drawn by Ruth Haviland Sutton 1946. Lithographed by George C. Miller.
Condition: Generally very good with only minor overall toning and wear.
“Creators: Ruth Haviland Sutton.” Library of Congress. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?q=ruth%20haviland%20sutton (7 July 2020).
Falk, Peter Hastings, ed. Who Was Who in American Art. Madison, Connecticut: Sound View Press, 1985. p. 606.