Lawrence A. C. Panton
1894 - 1954
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Lawrence Arthur Colley Panton was born in 1894 in England and immigrated to Canada at the age of seventeen. He served in the Army during World War I and undertook art studies in the evenings after his return from the war.
A painter, educator and academician, Panton was active in Toronto from the 1930s until his death. He began his career at the Rous and Mann printing company in Toronto, as a designer until 1924 when he began his teaching career. He first taught at the Central Technical School and then at Western Technical School from 1926 to 1937, followed by the Northern Vocational School from 1937 to 1951. He held the position of principal at the Ontario College of Art from 1951 to 1954.
Panton was active in a number of organizations, including the Ontario Society of Artists (President–1931–1937), the Canadian Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, the Canadian Group of Painters, The Royal Canadian Academy and the Arts and Letters Club (President–1953–1954).