Posted 6th February 2018
Watts Contemporary Gallery
While living in Surrey, Helen Allingham became acquainted with the influential British horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932). She painted the experimental planting at Jekyll's famous Arts & Crafts home and garden, Munstead Wood, on numerous occasions.
Jekyll's garden designs rejected the formal borders and straight paths that thrived in the mid-Victorian era. In their place, groups of tumbling roses and clusters of hollyhocks were brought together in a fusion of colour. Allingham captures this horticultural revolution in her garden scenes. This new approach to informal planting led to the fashion for the 'cottage garden'.
Work in Focus
Peonies, 24 June 24 1904, watercolour. Private Collection