Susannah Matkin (c.1854-1943) was born in Hull, England to Joseph and Susannah Matkin and lived in Stamford, Lincolnshire for much of her childhood. As a young woman she became a professional painter, dealing mainly in watercolours, and moved to the Lake District (Keswick and, later, Ambleside) in the latter decades of the nineteenth century, where she was inspired by the breath-taking fells, lakes and countryside.
Matkin was a successful artist, exhibiting two paintings at the Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters in 1884. She travelled extensively, taking in views of Switzerland, Wales, Scotland, Norfolk and her beloved home in the Lake District. She died at Bowness-on-Windermere in 1943.