Helen Allingham (1848 - 1926)
Just Before Moonrise, Shere Sold
Watercolour. Signed and inscribed H. Allingham / just before moonrise . Shere at the lower right. 132 x 141 mm. (5 1/4 x 5 5/8 in.)ENQUIRE
In its freedom of handling and vibrant colour, the present sheet is unusual among the artist’s works. The Allingham family spent the summer of 1878 in the picturesque village of Shere in Surrey, where they rented a cottage. During her stay in Shere Allingham painted views of several cottages and farmhouses in the village, as well as the White Horse Inn and the surrounding countryside. The present sheet was once owned by Allingham’s close friend, the painter Briton Rivière, R.A. (1840-1920).
Briton Rivière, LondonAnonymous sale, London, Christie’s, 16 June 1993, part of lot 365Abbot & Holder, London.