English Utopia in the Art of Helen Allingham | A R T L▼R K


On the 28th of September 1926, Victorian water-colourist and illustrator Helen Allingham, born Helen M. E. Paterson, died in Haslemere, Surrey, England. Her career “was circumscribed by, relied upo…

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17 thoughts on “English Utopia in the Art of Helen Allingham | A R T L▼R K

    1. I’ve never thought there was anything wrong with such as Allingham and her Victorian predecessors depicting a Utopia. As long as we don’t imagine it was the reality, why shouldn’t we enjoy something idyllic? Keep laughing through the weekend! xx

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  1. It’s remarkable how comforting those scenes are. On the other hand, I wonder how comfortable those homes were to live in! I hope you’re doing well, Sarah, and that you are getting settled in your own home.

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    1. Comforting – that’s exactly the right word, Cynthia. Only now are these types of cottages comfortable having been done up by rich Londoners! I’m settling well in my own idyllic cottage. I believe it was a very (probably) uncomfortable fisherman’s cottage once upon a time!

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  2. Wonderful attention to small details. We know enough these days to realise that she was depicting the ideal, rather than the reality of a hard life in the countryside. But she depicted that ideal so well.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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