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Helen Allingham RWS (1848-1926)

Helen Mary Elizabeth Allingham (née Paterson), RWS (1848-1926)

One of the most successful women artists of the Victorian age, Helen Allingham produced archetypal watercolour images of cottages and gardens.

Helen Allingham was born Helen Paterson in Swadlincote, south Derbyshire, on 26 September 1848, the eldest of seven children of a doctor. She was brought up in Altrincham, Cheshire, where she attended the Unitarian school for girls, which had originally been set up by her maternal grandmother, Sarah Smith Herford. Then, on her father’s death in 1862, the family moved to Birmingham to live with her paternal grandmother.

Helen Paterson studied at the Birmingham School of Design (1862-65), the Royal Female School of Art, Bloomsbury, London (1866-67), the Royal Academy Schools (1868-72) and the Slade School of Art (evening classes, 1872-74). In the spring of 1868, she visited Italy and, on her return to London, began to support herself by drawing illustrations for
Once a Week and other periodicals. This led in 1870 to a permanent position as an artist on the staff of The Graphic.

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