Helen Allingham, RWS (British, 1848-1926) White Horse Inn, Shere, Surrey unframed

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Lot 203*
Helen Allingham, RWS
(British, 1848-1926)
White Horse Inn, Shere, Surrey unframed

Sold for £ 12,000 (US$ 15,931) inc. premium
Helen Allingham, RWS (British, 1848-1926)
White Horse Inn, Shere, Surrey
signed and dated 'H.Allingham 1878' (lower right)
watercolour heightened with bodycolour and gum arabic
19 x 25cm (7 1/2 x 9 13/16in).
unframed

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Christie's London, 20th June 1988.

    In 1884 an article appeared in Leisure Hour which began with the author asking a Shere villager “Do many artists come here?” “Many!” was his response “Why in summer-time you can’t get between their umbrellas”. This summed up the village’s reputation amongst the Victorian artistic fraternity.

    Situated below Newlands Corner, which offered spectacular views across the Surrey countryside, Shere consisted of many picturesque views and buildings, and it was there William and Helen Allingham spent the summer of 1878. Approximately a dozen watercolours resulted from Mrs Allingham’s holiday, and they were exhibited at the Royal Watercolour Society between 1878 and1880.

    The White Horse (the sign can be seen by the door) was run by Richard Askew and his wife Catherine. The building has been an inn since the end of the 17th century and it is still to be found in the centre of Shere.

    Provenance:
    The Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours, 94th Summer Exhibition 1880, No 210.
    Christie’s, 14th May 1985, Lot 121.

    Literature:
    Ina Taylor's Helen Allingham’s England (Webb & Bower Ltd 1990), page 6.

    We would like to thank Annabel Watts for her assistance in cataloguing this lot.
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