Helen Allingham was an English watercolorist and artist of the Victorian period. Helen Mary Elizabeth Paterson was conceived on 26 September 1848, at Swadlincote in Derbyshire, the little girl of Alexander Henry Paterson, a medicinal specialist, and Mary Herford Paterson. Helen was the oldest of seven kids. The year after her introduction to the world the family moved to Altrincham in Cheshire. In 1862 her dad and her three-year-old sister Isabel passed on of diphtheria during a plague. The rest of the family at that point moved to Birmingham, where some of Alexander Paterson's family lived.
Paterson indicated an ability for art since the beginning, drawing a portion of her motivation from her maternal grandma Sarah Smith Herford and auntie Laura Herford, both achieved artists of their day. Her more youthful sister Caroline Paterson additionally turned into a prominent artist. She at first read art for a long time at the Birmingham School of Design. She went through a year at the Royal Female School of Art in London, before following her auntie Laura Herford to the National Art Training School. In 1867 she took on the Royal Academy School, which would later turn into the Royal College of Art.
While learning at the National Art Training School, Paterson filled in as an artist, in the long run choosing to surrender her examinations for a full-time profession in art. She painted for youngsters and grown-up books, just as for periodicals, including The Graphic paper. One feature was her bonus to give twelve delineations to the 1874 serialization of Thomas Hardy's epic Far from the Madding Crowd in Cornhill Magazine. Her representations from this time were marked either "H. Paterson" or "H. Allingham". She turned into a long-lasting companion of Kate Greenaway whom she met at night art classes at the Slade School of Fine Art. While Vincent Van Gogh was creative as an artist by considering English showed diaries he was struck by Paterson's work in The Graphic. Despite the fact that females couldn't pick up a similar acknowledgment as men at the time, Helen Allingham was one of the ladies artists who had an impressive effect, as artists like Van Gogh were affected by her.
On 22 August 1874, she wedded William Allingham, Irish artist, and proofreader of Fraser's Magazine, who was twice her age. After her marriage, she surrendered her profession as an artist and went to watercolor painting. In 1881 the family moved from Chelsea to Witley in Surrey. Her first child, Gerald Carlyle, was conceived in November 1875. Helen started to paint the field around her and particularly the beautiful farmhouses and houses of Surrey and Sussex for which she got acclaimed. Be that as it may, her works were scrutinized as "excessively wistful, a moderate vision of the zone". She proceeded to paint provincial scenes in different parts of the nation – Middlesex, Kent, the Isle of Wight and the West Country – and abroad in Venice, Italy. Just as landscapes, she finished a few pictures, including one of Thomas Carlyle. In 1890, she turned into the principal lady to be conceded as a full individual from the Royal Watercolor Society. Allingham showed her work at the Palace of Fine Arts at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.