Mrs Backhouse; M. Newman Ltd., London, where purchased by the previous owner and thence by descent
Helen Allingham and Marcus B. Huish, Happy England, 1903, p.139-140
The art critic of The Times, in speaking of the exhibition where this drawing was exhibited, singled it out as 'Taking rank amongst the very best of Mrs Allingham's work, and the very model of what an English watercolour should be, with its woodside cottage, its tangled hedges, its background of sombre fir trees and the figure of the girl with the basket, and of the cottagers to who she is offering her wares, showing as it does intense love for our beautiful south country landscape, with the power of seizing its most picturesque aspects with truth of eye and delicacy of hand.'
The sheet appears to be sound, slightly faded otherwise appears in good overall condition.
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