Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.125.
This early work by Allen dates to the period he was attending Sheffield Technical School of Art.
The stylised treatment of the figure is typical of the intensely linear style that would become the trademark of Allen’s later tempera paintings of the 1930’s onwards. “We are concerned primarily, Allen wrote in 1942, with rhythm and design, and our colour must be employed for the purpose of reinforcing these fundamentals and strengthening form.” Harry Allen, Decorative Landscape Painting, The Artist, November 1942, p. 57