'Market-Hall and Boat-Landing, Quebec', 1874. Creator: John Filmer
'Market-Hall and Boat-Landing, Quebec', 1874. Waterfront on the Saint Lawrence River, Quebec City, Canada. '...the Market-Hall, a pleasing building of important size, with several rows of broad stairs running from its portals to the water's edge; behind it are the dormer-windowed, slated and tinned roofs of the lower town; behind these, again, on the heights, the gray ramparts, Durham Terrace, resting on the buttress arches of the old castle of St. Louis, the foliage of the Government Garden, and the obelisk erected to Wolfe and Montcalm'. From "Picturesque America; or, The Land We Live In, A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes...with Illustrations on Steel and Wood by Eminent American Artists" Vol. II, edited by William Cullen Bryant. [D. Appleton and Company, New York, 1874]
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Behind the bar, 1952. Creator: Shirley Markham
Behind the bar, 1952. Illustration for "Mr Polly" by HG Wells. 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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Twelfth Key of Basil Valentine, 1651. Artist: Unknown
Twelfth Key of Basil Valentine, 1651, illustrating that the Philosophers' Stone must be combined with gold to produce new gold, just as a lion eats a serpent to change it into its own substance. From Von dem gross Stein Uhralten by Basil Valentine. (Strasbourg, 1651). (Colorised black and white print).
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