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Jane Cannan (1822–1861) was an Anglo-Australian artist.

Life and work

Born Jane Dorothea Claude in 1822 of Berlin Huguenot descent, she grew up in Liverpool and Ambleside in England's Lake District and was a charity worker and school teacher. In 1853, Jane married David Cannan, a clerk for the firm Morewood & Rogers, which manufactured corrugated and galvanized iron products and portable iron buildings. Jane Cannan and her husband sailed to Melbourne, Australia, where her husband was the firm's agent for four years.

Jane Cannan's drawings of Melbourne townscapes and buildings are significant Australian historical records.[1][2][3] Jane Cannan had three children: Louisa, who died in Melbourne as an infant, Charles Cannan who became an Oxford don, and Edwin Cannan who became a professor at the London School of Economics. Cannan is the grandmother of the novelist Joanna Cannan and the poet May Wedderburn Cannan.[4]

Cannan died at the age of 38 of tuberculosis in Madeira, Portugal. Cannan's sketchbooks and letters are part of the collections of the National Library of Australia in Canberra, the Royal Historical Society of Victoria in Mitchell, and Trinity College, Oxford.

Joan Kerr: Dictionary of Australian Artists: painters, sketchers, photographers and engravers to 1870, Oxford University Press 1992.
Miles Lewis: Notes on Jane Cannan's Drawings in Victorian Historical Journal, vol 81(1) 2010.
Stephanie Owen Reeder: The Vision Splendid, National Library of Australia, 2011 pp 96–101.
Crescy Cannan The Iron House - Jane Cannan and the rush to Melbourne, Bugloss Publishing 2013

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