A pupil of Frank Swift Chase, Wayman Adams, and Henry B. Snell, she studied at the Pennsylviana Museum and School of Industrial Art and the Grand Central School of Art. A member of the Connecticut Academy and the Springfield Artist's Guild, she held exhibits in Hartford, Westfield, and Florida. She was active in the Springfield Artists Guild and the Springfield Art League.She did series of linoleum cuts of local collges: Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Amherst. In 1955, she moved to Nantucket, where she had a studio.
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Alpha Delta Phi, Amherst, Mass. c. 1955. Linoleum cut. 6 x 8 (sheet 12 3/8 x 16). A fine impression printed in Japanese mulberry paper. Signed in pencil. $225.
College Hall, Amherst [MA]. c. 1955. Linoleum cut. 7 3/8 x 6 (sheet 9 X 7 1/4). A fine impression printed in Japanese mulberry paper. Signed in pencil. $225.
John M. Greene Hall, Smith College. c. 1955. Linoleum cut. 5 3/8 x 7 7/8 (sheet 12 1/2 x16 1/4). A fine impression printed in Japanese mulberry paper. Signed in pencil. $225.
Historical Storrowton Village
Cape Cod Cottage, Storrowton. c. 1955. Linoleum cut. 5 3/4 x 7 7/8 (sheet 6 3/4 x 8 5/8). A fine impression printed in Japanese mulberry paper. Signed in pencil. $125.
Church and Schoolhouse, Storrowton. c. 1955. Linoleum cut. 6 x 8 (sheet 6 3/4 x 8 5/8). A fine impression printed in Japanese mulberry paper. Signed in pencil. $125.
Red School House, Storrowton. c. 1955. Linoleum cut. 7 1/2 x 6 (sheet 8 1/4 x 7). fine impression printed in Japanese mulberry paper. Signed in pencil. $125.
Ruth Haviland Sutton was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on September 10, 1898. She received her artistic training at the Pennsylvania Museum and School of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1924-25 and at the Grand Central School of Art in New York City 1926-28, Jerry Farnsworth in Florida and others. She was commissioned in 1933 by the Works Progress Administration to paint two large murals at the Museum of Natural History in Springfield, Massachusetts. She attended the Art Students League in New York City between 1934 and 35, where she studied drawing and anatomy with George Bridgman and sculpture with Mahonri Young.
A student of printmaker George C. Miller in New York in the mid 1930s, along with her friend Elizabeth Saltonstall, Sutton used her lithographic skills to create her prints of familiar Nantucket scenes, including the Easy Street Basin, the wharves, Stone Alley, Main Street, and other island subjects. She had begun travelling to Nantucket Island in the 1920s to study with Frank S. Chase, making it her permanent residence in 1936, and it was there that she developed a series of printed postcards called “Pencil Print Notes,” along with her frequently reproduced works including a map of Nantucket, and a print of famous island attractions.
Sutton was a founding member of The Boston Printmakers in 1947, with her friend Elizabeth Saltonstall, and an active member of the Springfield Artists Guild and the Springfield Art League. Sutton, Saltonstall, John Taylor Arms, Stow Wengenroth, Letterio Calapai, Grace Albee, Calvin Burnett, Samuel Chamberlain, Alan Rohan Crite, Arthur Heintzelman and two professors from the Massachusetts College of Art and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Otis Philbrick and Ture Béngtz were among the "founding member" group who joined, exhibited and established The Boston Printmakers.
One of its most active artists, Sutton was also an important promoter of the Nantucket Art Colony, supporting the Sidewalk Art Show after its establishment in 1930, serving as a charter member of the Artists Association of Nantucket and on its first executive committee, and exhibiting at the Kenneth Taylor Galleries and later the Lobster Pot Gallery on Old South Wharf. In 1945, she purchased four waterfront properties from Florence Lang’s estate, refurbished them, and continued to rent them to artists at affordable rates. In 1950, she bought and remodeled the Candle House Studio into a home and studio for herself, providing an unobstructed view of the harbor directly from her living room.
Ruth Haviland Sutton died on November 23, 1960 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
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