Helen Allingham

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Helen Allingham

Helen Allingham (born September 26, 1848 as Helen Mary Elizabeth Paterson in Swadlincote near Burton-upon-Trent , † September 28, 1926 in Haslemere , Surrey ) was a British genre painter and illustrator .

Children in front of thatched house in West Horsley, Surrey

The daughter of a doctor studied at the Female School of Art in London from 1867 and subsequently worked as an illustrator of children's books. She was friends with Kate Greenaway . In 1874 she married the much older Irish poet William Allingham .

Helen Allingham remained artistically active even after her marriage and turned to watercolor painting . She illustrated books like Six to Sixteen. A Story for Girls by Juliana Horatia Ewing (1876), Happy England (1903) and The Homes of Tennyson (1905). She provided woodcuts for magazines such as the weekly newspaper "The Graphic" or the literary magazine "Cornhill Magazine" .

Allingham was the first female full member of the Royal Watercolor Society . Her somewhat sweet rural idylls are still popular today, especially the romanticizing portrayals of poor cottages in Surrey and Sussex . The artist's memory is cherished by the Helen Allingham Society.


  • Allingham, Helen. In: In: Hermann Alexander Müller : Biographical Artist Lexicon. The most famous contemporaries in the field of fine arts of all countries with details of their works . Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig 1882, p. 9 f. Digitized
  • Charlotte Knöpfli-Widmer (Ed.): Where you are human. Pictures by Helen Allingham . Amboss, St. Gallen, 1981
  • Ina Taylor: Helen Allingham's England. An idyllic view of rural life . Past times, Oxford 1990 ISBN 1-84067-087-8
  • Christie, Manson & Woods Limited: The Marley collection of watercolors by Helen Allingham . London 1991 (auction catalog)

Web links

Commons : Helen Allingham  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Six to sixteen. A story for girls by Juliana Horatia Ewing. With ten illustrations by Mrs W. Allingham [= Helen Paterson]. George Bell & Sons, London 1876.
  2. Marcus Bourne Huish : Happy England . Adam and Charles Black, London 1903.
  3. ^ The homes of Tennyson painted by Helen Allingham, described by Arthur Paterson . Adam and Charles Black, London 1905.
  4. Vincent van Gogh commented positively on her illustrations in several letters. Vincent van Gogh Letters