• Beachcombers on the South Coast -

    Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour and scratching out

    18 by 25.7 cm., 7 1/4 by 10 1/4 inches


    Allen was born in Lambeth, the son of a schoolmaster, and educated at St. Paul's. He became a stage scenery painter at the Olympic Theatre with Clarkson Stanfield and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1826. The present work dates from circa 1830 and shows the influence of Charles Bentley. A similar seascape by Allen is in the British Museum (1872,0113.361).

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