Home > Artist Database > Bio-bibliographic Database > LANGTON, Anne

Artist Database


Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire, England, 1804
Toronto, Ontario, 1893
Biography synopsis
Born into a cultivated family that traveled through Europe when she was a young woman, Langton studied miniature painting in Paris. The family immigrated to Canada in 1833. During a visit to New York Langton viewed an exhibition by “Native Artists” and then recorded New World scenes, including some similar to those painted by artists of the Hudson River school. Langton’s sketches and journals may be seen in the context of the enormous cultural changes at work in the world she had left behind. Her visual record is an extensive portfolio: early attempts done in Europe; exquisite miniatures capturing highlights of personality and epoch; on-the-spot drawings for backwoods views. (With sincere thanks to Barbara Williams.)
Media used
China painting
File & Archive locations
Archives of Ontario
Fenelon Falls Museum, ON
City of Kawartha Lakes Archives & Records Management Services, ON
Toronto Reference Library, ON
Peterborough Public Library
Peterborough Museum & Archives, ON
University of Toronto Libraries, ON
Canadian Museum of Civilization Archives, QC
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Trent University Archives, ON

Writings about
"Art Records Our History." Sault Daily Star (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario) 2 Aug. 1984.
"Church Remembers Pioneer and Author." Anglican Journal 119.6 (Jun. 1993): 13.
"Council Briefs: Langton Sketches to Stay in City." Lindsay Daily Post (Lindsay, Ontario) 21 Apr. 2003.
"Historical Sketches On Display In Fenelon." Visitor (supplement of the Fenelon Falls Gazette, Ontario) 25 Jun. 1986.
"Langton Lookout." Peterborough Examiner (Peterborough, Ontario) 3 Aug. 1990.
Allodi, Mary. "Two Gentlewomen of Upper Canada." Rotunda 10 (Summer 1977).
Archives of Ontario. "Anne Langton: Gentlewoman, Pioneer Settler and Artist." Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2005.
Baker, Doris L. Anne Langton and Pioneering in Upper Canada. Toronto: Irwin, 1985.
Beaudette, Mary Anne. "Winter Survival Stories from Hardy Pioneers." Kingston Whig-Standard (Kingston, Ontario) (22 Feb. 2003): 5.
Cragg, Patti. "Anne Langton: A Gentlewoman's Life In The Rugged Canadian Wilderness." Fenelon Falls Gazette (Fenelon Falls, Ontario) 29 Jun. 1983: 5.
English, John, ed. Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online Ottawa: Libraries and Archives Canada, 2008
Errington, Jane. "A Gentlewoman in Upper Canada: The Journals, Letters, and Art of Anne Langton." Canadian Historical Review. 90.3 (Sept. 2009): 552-553.
Farr, Dorothy and Luckyj, Natalie. From Women's Eyes: Women Painters in Canada. Kingston: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1975.
Floyd, Janet. "To Recover Those Once Lost and Now Forgotten: Anne Langton's Journal and Memoir." Writing the Pioneer Woman. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2002.
Floyd, Janet. Domestication, Domesticity and the Work of Butchery: Positioning the Writing of Colonial Housework. Women's History Review 11-3 (2002): 395-415.
Gossage, Carolyn. Forgotten Graces: Travel Sketchbooks of a Victoria Gentlewoman. Unionville: Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 2006.
Grech, Caroline. "Art Collection to Stay in City for Now." Lindsay Daily Post (Lindsay, Ontario) 10 Apr. 2003.
Guillet, Edwin Clarence. Early Life in Canada. Toronto: Ontario Publishing Company, 1933.
Guillet, Edwin Clarence. Pioneer Arts and Crafts. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1968.
Guillet, Edwin Clarence. The Valley of the Trent. Toronto: Champlain Society, 1957.
Harper, J. Russell. Early Painters and Engravers in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1970.
Kear, Celine. "Canada's First Literary Ladies." Beaver 80.1 (Feb-Mar. 2002): 15-20.
Korte, Barbara. "Ladies in der Wildniss: the self-image of Canadian Pioneer Women as Represented in 19th Century Autobiographical Writing." Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien. 12.2 (1992): 7-27.
Krueger, Lesley. "Home and Away: Canadian travel writing looks both outside and in, embracing stories, poetry, memoirs." Quill and Quire 62.2 (Feb. 1996): 29.
Langton, Thomas. Letters of Thomas Langton to Mrs. Thomas Hornby, 1815-1818. Manchester, England: J. E. Cornish, 1900.
Light, Beth and Alison Prentice, eds. Pioneer and Gentlewomen of British North America 1713-1867. Toronto: New Houston Press, 1980.
MacDonald, Colin S. The Dictionary of Canadian Artists. (Volumes 1-8 by Colin S. MacDonald, and volume 9 by Anne Newlands and Judith Parker) Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2009.
Mattisson, Jane. "The Journey Through Selfhood in The Journals of Mary O'Brien 1828-1838 and A Gentlewoman in Upper Canada: The Journals of Anne Langton." Prose Studies 25.2 (2002): 51-78.
McKendry, Blake. A to Z of Canadian Art: Artists and Art Terms. Kingston: B. McKendry, 1997.
McKendry, Blake. Dictionary of Folk Artists in Canada: From the 17th Century to the Present. Elginburg: Blake McKendry, 1988.
McLennan, Marina. "From The Reeve's Desk - The Anne Langton Collection." Fenelon Falls Gazette (Fenelon Falls, Ontario) 13 Apr. 1983: 3.
McLennan, Marina. "From the Reeves Desk - 'Bi-Centennial 1984.'" Fenelon Falls Gazette (Fenelon Falls, Ontario) 29 Feb. 1984.
Petteys, Chris, et al. Dictionary of Women Artists: An International Dictionary of Women Artists Born Before 1900. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985.
Smith, Helen. "A Gentlewoman in Upper Canada: The Journals, Letters, and Art of Anne Langton." Ontario History. 102.2 (Autumn 2009): 258-260.
Smith, Helen and Lisa Sullivan. "'Now that I Know How to Manage': Work and Identity in the Journals of Anne Langton." Ontario History 87.3 (Sep. 1995): 253-269.
Steffler, Margaret and Neil. "If We Would Read It Aright: Traill's 'Ladder to Heaven'." Journal of Canadian Studies 38.3 (Fall 2004): 123-152.
Thom, Molly. The Bush-Ladies in Their Own Words: Susanna Moodie, Catharine Parr Traill, Anne Langton, Anna Jameson. Victoria: Scirocco Drama, 2000.
Thomas, Clara. "Anne Langton." Canadian Writers Before 1890. Detroit, Michigan: Thomson Gale, 1990.
Turner, Jill. "New Fenelon Public School Honours Langton Name." North Kawartha Times (Fenelon Falls, ON) 8 May 1991.
Wagenaar, Norm. "Langston Sketches Stay Here." Fenelon Falls Gazette (Fenelon Falls, Ontario) 4 Feb. 2003.
White, Ariel. "Langton Sketches Could Leave City." Fenelon Falls Gazette (Fenelon Falls, Ontario) (28 Jan. 2003): 1.
Williams, Barbara. A Gentlewoman in Upper Canada: The Journals, Letters, and Art of Anne Langton. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008.
Williams, Barbara. Anne Langton: Pioneer Woman and Artist. Peterborough: Peterborough Historical Society, 1986.
Williams, Barbara. Sketches by Anne Langton: Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon and Peterborough, 1837-1852. Lindsay, Ontario: Lindsay Art Gallery, 2004.
Williams, Barbara. "A Gentlewoman in Upper Canada: the Journals, Letters, and Art of Anne Langton." Ontario History 102.2 (Autumn 2009): 258-260..
Wilson, Barbara. Strangers in a Strange Land: Literary Use of Canadian Landscape by Five Genteel Settlers. Guelph: University of Guelph, 1973.
Wilson, Barbara. "Anne Langton." Portraits: Peterborough Area Women Past and Present. Peterborough, Ontario: Portraits' Group, 1975.

Writings by
Langton, Anne. A Gentlewoman in Upper Canada: the Journals of Anne Langton. Toronto: Clarke Irwin, 1950.
Langton, Anne. Langton Records, Journals and Letters from Canada, 1837-1846. Edinburgh: R. & R. Clark, 1904.
Langton, Anne. The Story of our Family. Manchester, England: T. Sowler, 1881.
Langton, William and Anne, et al. Sonnets, original and translations from the Italian. Manchester: J. E. Cornish, 1897.

Search by: