Biography and History

William Allingham was an Irish writer and poet of English descent. Between 1874 and 1879 he was sub-editor of Frazer's Magazine. In 1850 he published a volume of Poems, followed by Day and Night Songs in 1855. Allingham was a close friend of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who contributed to the illustration of Songs. Allingham also edited The Ballad Book for the Golden Treasury series in 1864. Other works include Fifty Modern Poems (1865), Evil May Day (1883), and Irish Songs and Poems. In 1874 Allingham married Helen Paterson.

Helen Paterson Allingham was a watercolor painter and illustrator of the Victorian era. In 1867 she went to study art at the Female School of Art in London and became an illustrator of children's books, including Six to Sixteen: A Story for Girls (1876), Happy England (1903) and The Homes of Tennyson (1905), written with her brother, Arthur Paterson. After her marriage to William Allingham, she became a watercolor painter, and was the first woman to become a full member of the Royal Watercolour Society. Allingham is best known for her rural scenes, particularly her views of cottages in Surrey and Sussex.

Source: From the finding aid for C1075