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The Colosseum, Rome, Italy, 1951. Creator: Shirley Markham Featured Image

The Colosseum, Rome, Italy, 1951. Creator: Shirley Markham

The Colosseum, Rome, Italy, 1951. The ancient roman Colosseum in Rome, Italy, constructed AD 70-82, is the largest amphitheatre ever built. Shirley Markham (1931-1999) studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Central School of Art in London from 1950-1952. The writer, artist, poet, and illustrator Mervyn Peake (1911-1968) was one of her tutors, and her style of drawing was also influenced by other British illustrators such as Edward Ardizzone, Quentin Blake and Edward Bawden. Markham spent time in the Dolomite Mountains in Italy, and also visited Rome, sketching classical buildings. After graduating from Central, she worked as a graphic designer, producing book illustrations, cartoons for comics, menus and programmes. She gave up her promising career however when she got married in 1957. Middle-class women at that time were expected to devote their energies to bringing up children and running the home, and despite her obvious talent, she lacked the confidence to return to illustration. Her portfolio remained in the family attic for many years, but now her work is published here for the first time

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Colosseum. Creator: Unknown
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Colosseum. Creator: Unknown
View of the Campo Vaccino, with the Colosseum in the background Featured Image

View of the Campo Vaccino, with the Colosseum in the background

View of the Campo Vaccino, with the Colosseum in the background and the ruins of the Temple of Castor and Pollux at right, 1796

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Scene from 'Harlequin and Johnny's Ride', at Astley's, 1844. Creator: Unknown Featured Image

Scene from "Harlequin and Johnny's Ride", at Astley's, 1844. Creator: Unknown

Scene from "Harlequin and Johnny's Ride", at Astley's, 1844. London stage production at Astley's Royal Amphitheatre. The harlequinade here consisted of a version of "Johnny Gilpin's Ride; or, the Black Witch of Edmonton, " with a sort of necromantic opening, followed by some comic scenes of average merit; the main incident being the celebrated Citizen's ride, the role filled by "the popular equestrian, Mr. Wells"...The effect of the pantomime was, probably, somewhat anticipated by the first piece of the evening - "The Royal Fox- Hunt, " which is a veritable treat, and a cleverly managed spectacle throughout'. From "Illustrated London News", 1844, Vol V

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