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Guide to the Helen Paterson Allingham Papers, 1868-1916, 2015

Summary

Collection primarily includes four sketchbooks by Allingham, but also contains four letters, a carte de visite, and two exhibit labels. The four sketchbooks date from 1868-1916, and feature sketches and drawings made in graphite, watercolor, and pen and ink. Subjects are varied, and include English cottages and buildings, architectural features, sailboats and coastal scenes, figures, landscapes, and botanical items. The letters, dated 1881-1882 and undated, include three written by Allingham. There is one to Marcus B. Huish regarding her painting, The Tea Party, which she reports is incomplete, but she plans to finish before it is exhibited. There is a letter to a friend to whom she sends autographs, then describes her country place and garden, along with her 4-month-old son. Another letter focuses on the difficultly of finding unfurnished rooms. The final letter in the collection is written by Andrew Halliday to Dr. Watkins, regarding Allingham's address. There is also a carte de visite of English women's rights activist Emily Faithfull, with her signature, along with two modern exhibit labels on Allingham.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11205
Title
Helen Paterson Allingham papers
Date
1868-1916, 2015
Extent
3.6 Linear Feet, 11 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection primarily includes four sketchbooks by Allingham, but also contains four letters, a carte de visite, and two exhibit labels. The four sketchbooks date from 1868-1916, and feature sketches and drawings made in graphite, watercolor, and pen and ink. Subjects are varied, and include English cottages and buildings, architectural features, sailboats and coastal scenes, figures, landscapes, and botanical items. The letters, dated 1881-1882 and undated, include three written by Allingham. There is one to Marcus B. Huish regarding her painting, The Tea Party, which she reports is incomplete, but she plans to finish before it is exhibited. There is a letter to a friend to whom she sends autographs, then describes her country place and garden, along with her 4-month-old son. Another letter focuses on the difficultly of finding unfurnished rooms. The final letter in the collection is written by Andrew Halliday to Dr. Watkins, regarding Allingham's address. There is also a carte de visite of English women's rights activist Emily Faithfull, with her signature, along with two modern exhibit labels on Allingham.

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[Identification of item], Helen Paterson Allingham papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Letters, carte-de-visite, and exhibit labels, 1881-1882 and undated, 2015
Box 2
Folder 1
Sketchbook, 1868-1898 and undated

Sketchbook contains 95 watercolor drawings and a few pencil sketches, including images of sailboats, walls, cottages, landscapes, and figures. The inside front cover contains a list of locations. Some items have been removed.

Box 1
Sketchbook, 1871-1916 and undated

Sketchbook contains 49 watercolors, 184 pencil drawings, and 38 pen-and-ink drawings, all of botanical subjects.

Box 2
"Scraps" sketchbook, 1884-1898 and undated

Sketchbook contains 186 pencil drawings and a few ink sketches of English buildings and architectural features.

Box 3
"W. Ch. S." sketchbook, 1871-1916 and undated

Sketchbook contains 17 watercolor and 295 pencil sketches and drawings of English architecture and coastal scenes. Locations are usually recorded.

Box 4
 

Historical Note

Biographical / Historical

Helen Paterson Allingham was an English watercolorist and illustrator.


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Provenance

The Helen Paterson Allingham papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Poffinberger, May 2016

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0050-LUBMSS095, 2015-0050-LUBMSS094, 2015-0050-LUBMSS093, 2015-0050-LUBMSS092.