English Utopia in the Art of Helen Allingham


51ZszLCaqqLOn 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 upon, and exceeded accepted norms of landscape painting in the nineteenth century. She painted out-of-doors, for example, a common mode of practice none the less considered suspect for respectable women and further complicated by her role as a mother. While she used watercolour, a medium long associated with women, she operated as a professional and at a time when women’s participation in the arts as such was sharply curbed. Nevertheless, she was represented by one of the most important commercial art galleries in London, which negotiated these issues by insisting upon her respectable femininity and situating her work within the discourses of national identity.” (Gendering Landscape Art,  edited by Steven Adams, Anna Gruetzner Robins, Rutgers University Press Issues…

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