A GENTLE TOUCH
The quintessential Victorian ruralist
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