Born on November 27, 1873, in Coleford, Gloucester, England, Eaton received formal training in art at the Taunton School of Art in Somerset, England, which awarded her an "Art Class Tea Certificate" and an "Art Master's Certificate." She also studied art at the Royal College of Art in South Kensington, and at Chelsea Polytechnic, both in England.
She worked as a painter of Worcester porcelain for a while, before traveling to Jamaica in 1909, where she stayed for two years, and painted butterflies and moths. In June of 1911 she went to New York City to visit friends but ended up staying until 1932, working as an artist for the New York Botanical Garden. She was the principal illustrator for the Garden's illustrated se
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