About this object

In the late 19th century Britain experienced an agricultural depression caused by the modernisation of farming practices. The number of men and women required to work the land reduced significantly. Families where forced to leave the countryside and move to towns and cities in search of employment and a better standard of living.

The Victorians felt a sense of nostalgia for the idyllic rural life that was at risk of being forgotten. Allingham’s cottage scenes were seen as a way of preserving this rustic way of life. She paid careful attention to styles of architecture and traditional methods of construction.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Helen Allingham (neé Paterson) (British: English, born:1848-09-26, died:1926-09-28)
  • Date
    1890s early
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Gum arabic; Scratching out; Cutting out; Wove paper
  • Measurements
    sight: 28.6 cm x 38.5 cm
  • Physical description
    View of a country cottage with a woman standing by a gate. A bushy hedge surrounds the cottage and there are ducks on the grassy area in the foreground. There is a small dirt path that leads up to the gate and trees are visible in the background.
  • Related people
    Helen Allingham (neé Paterson) (Artist/maker) ; William Hesketh Lever (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    Accession Number: LL 3625; Out of Use Accession Number: WHL 1497; Out of Use Accession Number: TM 78
  • Credit line
    Purchased by William Hesketh Lever in 1896
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Lady Lever Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • William Hesketh Lever

    Owned from: 1896
    How acquired: Purchased through Agnews
    Owned until: 1925
    Disposal method: Lady Lever Art Gallery


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: H Allingham
    Inscription method: Watercolour
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower right
Object view = Fine Art
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