Helen Howard Hatton was a painter and pastellist. She was the daughter of Louisa Hatton and the journalist and novelist Joseph Hatton, who were living at 14 Titchfield Terrace, London, in 1881. Her brother Frank (b. ca 1862) was a student at the Royal College of Mines at that time. She married the painter, illustrator and designer William Henry Margaretson. Their daughter Hester Margaretson was also an artist.
Hatton studied at the R.A. Schools and at Colarossi's academy in Paris. She was a figure and flower painter, working in both pastels and watercolours. Between 1879 and 1894, she exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Grosvenor Gallery, New Gallery and Fine Art Society, as well as at the Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Manchester City Art Gallery.
In 1886/87, when JW was President of the Society of British Artists, Hatton wrote to him enclosing a sketch of a painting, Thistles, which she intended to send to the Society for exhibition, asking JW's opinion as to its merit (#11003).
UK census 1881, from http://www.familysearch.org (accessed 2004); Wood, Christopher, The Dictionary of Victorian Artists 2nd ed., revised, Woodbridge, 1978; Johnson, J., and Anna Gruetzner, Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1980.