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


  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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