An artist in her own right, Penny studied Technical Drawing at the Norwich Art School, Fine Arts at the Camberwell School of Art, and Theatre Design at the Central School of Art. It was through her studies at Central that she struck a friendship with artists like Henry Moore, who she later went on to collect. In 1958, she married Australian airline pilot Richard Patrick Allen who between his busy life as one of the first ever Concorde pilots was himself a keen collector of works by important Australian artists, including Brett Whiteley, John Olsen and lan Fairweather. Penny, on the other hand, principally collected Modern British Art, which was furthered by her friendship with British painter and sculptor Maggi Hambling CBE. Maggi and Penny would hold regular painting weekends at Pat and Penny's house on the River Orwell in Suffolk. Penny was also instrumental in creating the Friends of the Tate with her uncle Sir Robert Adeane. The family of Pat and Penny Allen now hope that others will be able to enjoy the collection as much as they have done and further works will be offered in London in the Modern and Post-War British Art Sales in June, the Made in Britain sale in September as well as the Contemporary Art Curated and European Art online sales in November. Please refer to our website for further details.