M. Alison Atkins

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"Perchance some kindlier ark may come with gentle crew and open door.". The Antedilvuans.

(Margaret) Alison Atkins (1878 in Shepherds Bush – 1944) was an English artist and illustrator.


Margaret was born in 1878. Little is actually known of her private or professional life. By 1908 she had moved to 90 Burnt Ash Hill, Lee, London and was displaying her art at local exhibitions. Whilst there she exhibited Bringing home the Christmas tree, An elf maiden and Titania's baby.[nb 1]

Around 1917 Atkins was living at 35 Leamington Road Villas, Westbourne Park, W11 and in 1917 exhibited a painting called Sweet William Cottage.[citation needed]

Atkins' flourished between 1906 and 1919. She was not recorded as a member of the Society of Women Artists.

Known works[edit]

Illustration from "The invention of the Moorish arch: a legend"
  • "Listen to My Sweet Pipings". Pen and ink and watercolour over pencil on drawing board. 26.1 × 14.3 cm [1] (not to be confused with a painting of the same name by John William Waterhouse). The copyright for the image is current held with the York Museum Trust.
  • "The Duck Pond", which appeared in Vol. 37, page 609 of The Girl’s Own Paper. Volume 37 was probably published circa 1915.


  1. ^ It is assumed that Titania's baby is a reference to Lewis Carroll's "Sylvie and Bruno".



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