5 June 2006
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
Helen Allingham, R.W.S. (1848-1926)
signed 'H Allingham' (lower left) and with inscription '(...Christie's.../88)/A Hampshire Cottage (Mr Brown's)/Cottage at Byfleet/Surrey' (on the reverse)
pencil and watercolour with scratching out
14¾ x 19½ in. (37.5 x 49.5 cm.)
C.H. James, Esq.
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S. Dick, Cottage Homes of England, London, 1909, facing p. 146, as 'The Clothes Basket'.
London, The Fine Art Society, April 1908, no. 26.
Exhibited at The Fine Art Society in April 1908, The Clothes-Basket was one of sixty watercolours depicting English cottages and gardens by Allingham. According to The Times the King and Queen viewed the exhibition.
Such was Allingham's continued popularity, that by the turn of the 20th Century shrewd publishers reproduced many of her familiar images in books such as Happy England, Cottage Homes of England (in which The Clothes-Basket was reproduced) and Homes of Tennyson. These high-quality books, full of coloured plates, ensured Allingham's art reached a wider audience, namely those who could not afford to buy an original watercolour.
We are grateful to Annabel Watts for her help in preparing this catalogue entry.
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