Pat Allman-Smith (Mallinson) (1930-2008)

Pat Mallinson studied painting and illustration at the Regent Street Poly, City and Guilds and Goldsmiths.

As well as etching, Pat also worked in oils and pastels and drew her inspiration from a wide range of subjects.  Her landscapes (British and non-British) are much admired, as are her portraits in pastels, especially of babies.

Pat’s subjects reflected her diverse interest: the children and grandchildren (featured in many of her prints and pastels); church architecture and music; the countryside and coastal scenery of the many parts of the world she had visited.

Much of Pat’s inspiration came from their extensive travels. A visit to Zimbabwe in 1986 encouraged her to broaden her style, working in pastels on a big scale; the intense colours of Sri Lanka and India were also captured in pastels, following a visit there in 1990.

Her 1992 trip to the USA, which included a visit to the Grand Canyon, inspired her to work larger still, and in oils, while a tour of the Far East and China in 1994 was recorded in both etchings and paintings.

Pat’s varied artistic career has included periods of teaching – at Farnborough Hill, Hampshire, before her first marriage, and from 1990 to 1993 on the staff of the new Camden School of Art.

Before her marriage in 1958, she did religious and commercial work under the maiden name – Allman Smith, she was also employed in the late 1950s at Patrick Reyntien’s glass studio.

Once her four children were at school, Pat resumed her career and concentrated on etching. During the 1980s she was an active member of the Greenwich Printmakers Association, and in 1995, contributed to a book on the use of photography in art. She made prints in the studio in North London in 1973 to 1996, when she remarried she moved to Kent where she worked from her studio and etching workshop in Tunbridge Wells.

Pat’s paintings and prints have been shown into Royal Academy summer shows and in numerous galleries up and down the UK, from Ives, Cornwall, to Broughton and Lancashire. Her work is to be found in collections and galleries as far afield as the USA, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

A selection of her work was considered for Argentina’s national collection.


  • 1979 Hampstead, Everyman
  • 1980 Phoenix, Henley on Thames
  • 1981 St. John’s, Smith Square
  • 1982 D’Arcy Gallery, Essex
  • 1983 Salisbury Playhouse
  • 1983 Architecture Shop, Hampstead
  • 1983 Bridport Gallery, Ealing
  • 1986 Parade Gallery, Cheltenham
  • 1986 Ice House, Holland Park, London
  • Royal Academy
  • Edinburgh Festival
  • Hampstead Artists’ Council
  • Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester
  • Islington Art Circle
  • Greenwich Printmakers
  • Broughton Gallery, Lanarkshire
  • Wenniger Graphics, Boston, USA
  • Royal Society of Printer-Etchers and Engravers

The work by Pat Mallinson is exceptional and will only increase in value over the years to come. The Coach House gallery has a selection of her hand-printed Etchings and Aquatints portraying her children and scenes of Guernsey and two churches “The Minster” and Salisbury


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