A GEN­TLE TOUCH

The quin­tes­sen­tial Vic­to­rian ru­ral­ist

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Coun­try gar­dens, tim­ber-framed cot­tages and colour­ful bor­ders pop­u­late the wa­ter­colours of the Vic­to­rian artist He­len Alling­ham, which are on dis­play at the Watts Gallery in Sur­rey along­side ex­am­ples of her illustration work. The first fe­male mem­ber of the Royal Wa­ter­colour So­ci­ety, Alling­ham was ad­mired by con­tem­po­rary crit­ics in­clud­ing John Ruskin for her sen­si­tive de­pic­tions of the English coun­try­side, whose beauty she cap­tured at a time when it was threat­ened by in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion. frances hedges ‘He­len Alling­ham’ is at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Vil­lage (www.watts­gallery.org.uk) from 21 Novem­ber un­til 18 Fe­bru­ary 2018.

the artist’s feed­ing the fowls, pin­ner

self-por­trait (1885) by he­len alling­ham

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