Kiosk selling toys, Paris, France, c1951. Creator: Shirley Markham
Kiosk selling toys, Paris, France, c1951. 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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'Queen Victoria proclaimed Empress of India, 1877: The Imperial Durbar at Delhi
'Queen Victoria proclaimed Empress of India, 1877: The Imperial Durbar at Delhi, New Year's Day', (1901). The ceremony, at Coronation Park, Delhi, India, was attended by Viceroy of India Lord Lytton, British officers and colonial officials, and by numerous maharajas and princes. The Queen herself was not present. From "The Illustrated London News Record of the Glorious Reign of Queen Victoria 1837-1901: The Life and Accession of King Edward VII. and the Life of Queen Alexandra". [London, 1901]
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Model of a sailing boat, Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, Ancient Egypt, c1991-1786 BC
Model of a sailing boat, Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, Ancient Egypt, c1991-1786 BC. A model boat with the pilot in the bow and the owner resting under a canopy. Boats were the commonest type of funerary models placed in tombs during the Middle Kingdom. They provided the dead person with the magical means of travelling along the waterways of the Underworld. From the British Museum, London.
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