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School of Art
Aberystwyth University
Buarth Mawr
SY23 1NG

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Display artist/maker:

Helen Allingham

Born: 1848, UK, England, Staffordshire   Died: 1926, UK, England, Surrey

Illustrator and painter. Daughter of a rural physician and niece of Laura Hereford, who opened the Royal Academy Schools to women. After her father’s death in 1862, the family settled in Birmingham. Studied at the Birmingham School of Design under Rainbach, the Female School of Art in London, from 1867, and then the Royal Academy Schools. Began her career illustrating Once a Week magazine, then worked as a children’s book illustrator. In 1869 she was one of the founders of The Graphic, a new large-scale, high-quality illustrated weekly magazine. She was the only woman to illustrated the serialised novels of Thomas Hardy, namely Far From the Madding Crowd in 1874. After her marriage to renowned poet of the Rosetti circle, William Alingham, she turned to watercolour, becoming the first woman to achieve full RWS status in 1890. Her work is centred on scenes of rural life in the rustic English countryside, although she made some studies in Venice less successfully

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

Miss Angel PL4 Prints1860s

Miss Angel PL5 Prints1860s

Miss Angel PL6 Prints1860s

Miss Angel PL7 Prints1860s

Miss Angel PL8 Prints1860s

Miss Angel PL9 Prints1860s