Helen Allingham RWS (1848-1926)
Stanfield House, High Street, Hampstead
Signed and dated H Allingham 1899 (lower left)
Pencil and watercolour heightened with white
38 x 25.5cm; 15 x 10in
Leger Galleries, London;
Sir Owen Aisher (1900-1993);
By descent to The Muro Collection
Ina Taylor, Helen Allingham's England: An Idyllic View of Rural Life, (Webb & Bower Ltd., 1990), p.84
This collection of works by Helen Allingham (lots 180—192) have passed by descent from the personal collection of Sir Owen Aisher (1900-1993), one of the most noted collectors of her work. Sir Owen was the chairman of Marley Ltd., a building materials company with a particular specialism in roofing tiles. On behalf of the company, Sir Owen purchased a group of Allingham works which faithfully reproduced the materials of the buildings depicted. These became known as The Marley Collection, and were sold at Christie’s in 1991. The works offered here formed part of Sir Owen’s personal collection and hung at his home in Surrey.
Once the home of marine artist Clarkson Frederick Stanfield (1793-1867), this building was Hampstead's public library when Helen Allingham knew it. She lived in Hampstead for 30 years and this is one of the few town house subjects she painted.
We are grateful to Annabel Watts for her assistance cataloguing the present work.