Margaret Sutton (1905-90) was a 1926 graduate of the State Teacher’s College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, now the University of Mary Washington. Sutton’s career as an artist was long and varied. She received her Master’s in Fine Arts Education from the Teachers College of Columbia University in New York City in 1930. Also in the ’30s she studied at the Art Students League, perhaps with George Grosz, and with Hans Hofmann at his school. During WWII she returned to Columbia where she took drafting and engineering classes that allowed her to work for Grumman Aircraft from 1942 until the end of the war in 1945. After the war she worked as a technical illustrator for the Merganthaler Linotype Company until her retirement in 1969. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s Sutton traveled annually to England where she made dozens of drawings of English cathedrals. Alfred Levitt, a painter and lifelong companion, gave the entirety of Margaret’s work, as well as his own, to Mary Washington in 1993.
Here at this site you may explore her works as presented by students at the University of Mary Washington.
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Marjorie Och, Professor of Art History