Helen Allingham (1848-1926) showed a talent for art from an early age, drawing some of her inspiration from her maternal grandmother Sarah Smith Herford and aunt Laura Herford, both accomplished artists of their day. She initially studied art for three years at the Birmingham School of Design, and later at the National Art Training School, one of the Royal Academy Schools, which would later become the Royal College of Art.
After her marriage she gave up her career as an illustrator and turned to watercolour painting, and started to paint the beautiful countryside around her and particularly the picturesque farmhouses and cottages of Surrey and Sussex for which she became famous. She went on to paint rural scenes in other parts of the country and abroad, including Venice and Italy. Allingham became the first woman to be admitted as a full member of the Royal Watercolour Society.
the above text appears on the back of the card HC-735: card size 7" x 5" (178mm x 127mm)