Illustrations by Daphne Allen

Illustrations by Daphne Allen

Inspired by the New Testament

Gaining recognition at an early age, Daphne Allen was known for her depictions of religious subjects. This April's Design Since 1860 auction features a wonderful example by Allen, an Arts & Crafts Cassone inset with allegorical panels.

Daphne Allen was the daughter of Hugh Allen, and possibly the granddaughter of Ruskin’s publisher George Allen. She was educated at Streatham College for Girls and continued to live in that area of South London into adulthood. While still a child, Allen produced watercolours inspired by the New Testament, published in 1912 by George Allen as A Child’s Visions. The same year, they were exhibited as A Child’s Visions and Fancies at the Dudley Galleries. In 1913, a second group was published as The Birth of the Opal; A Child’s Fancies, and again exhibited at the Dudley Galleries.

DAPHNE ALLEN (1899-1985) ARTS & CRAFTS CASSONE, CIRCA 1920LOT 125 | § DAPHNE ALLEN (1899-1985) | ARTS & CRAFTS CASSONE, CIRCA 1920 | £10,000 - £15,000 + fees


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Through her teens, Allen illustrated volumes by other authors for Headley Brothers: John Oxenham’s The Cradle of Our Lord (1916), A Garden of Love from Herrick & the Other Poets of the 17th Century (1917), and Janet Dykes and Christine Standing’s The Man Who Chose Poverty – The Story of St Francis (1917). She also exhibited alongside Annie French and others at the Burlington Gallery in December 1919. Later exhibitions include one of ‘landscapes and imaginative watercolours’ at B F Stevens & Brown (1928) and another of paintings at the Little Burlington Gallery (1937).


Her further activities included painting memorials (including one for Christ Church, Newcastle, New South Wales), designing stained glass (for Scotby Church, Northumberland), and producing drawings for the Illustrated London News (at least until the end of 1952).


LOT 125 | § DAPHNE ALLEN (1899-1985) | ARTS & CRAFTS CASSONE, CIRCA 1920 | £10,000 - £15,000 + fees


We are delighted to present a an Arts & Crafts Cassone inset with allegorical panels entitled Visited by Angels, Gathering Spring Flowers, and Among Children by Daphne Allen in our April 2023 Design Since 1860 auction. 



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Wednesday 19 April at 10am

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