Helen Allingham was an English illustrator and painter. She delighted in capturing the views of the vernacular architecture of southern England, such as domestic cottage scenes, depictions of gardens, pure and figurative landscapes, and interior views depicting her own house and family. In each case she sought the informal and intimate character of her subject. Allinghams highly detailed watercolours reveal a closeness of observation which was the result of careful study from nature. She was impressed by the rural subjects of Frederick Walker and learnt from his watercolour technique. Allingham also admired the work of her friend and neighbour Myles Birket Foster. Her contemporary reputation was considerable, her work well known from exhibitions and reproductions.