Friday, October 28, 2011

Helen Allingham - Buckinghamshire house at Penstreet

signed 'H.Allingham' (lower right)
36 x 50.5cm (14 3/16 x 19 7/8in).

Sold for £16,800 inclusive of Buyer's Premium

with M. Newman Ltd, 1967
Sir Owen Aisher
The Marley Collection of Helen Allingham watercolours, Christie's London, September 19, 1991, lot 40
Sale, Bonhams London, 9th March 2004 lot 87

Annabel Watts, Helen Allingham's Cottage Homes Revisited, Craddocks Printing Works Ltd., Surrey 2002, p.18
Andrew Clayton-Payne, Victorian Cottages, Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1993 p 123

For many years, part of this building was occupied by George and Catherine Randall and their daughter Annie. George was a blacksmith and it was there he had his forge. In the early years of the 20th century the house caught fire causing considerable damage, but it was rebuilt and still stands today.

This watercolour was one of 55, by Helen Allingham RWS, acquired by Sir Owen Aisher from 1947 until 1970. Each painting in the collection featured a cottage or a farmhouse as Sir Owen, Chairman of Marley Ltd, was particularly interested in the building materials so faithfully reproduced by the artist.

Allingham completed no more than half a dozen Buckinghamshire subjects and they date from circa 1900.

We are grateful to Annabel Watts for her assistance in cataloguing this lot.

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