"The Greeting" on the three of spades', 1910. Creator: Unknown
"The Greeting" on the three of spades', 1910. Transformation playing card with people drawn around the spades: a photographer points his camera at a man offering a bunch of flowers to a woman with an ostrich-feather hat. Creating playing card 'Squiggles', or 'Squiggling', in which the pips of the non-face cards were incorporated into an artistic design, was popular in the 19th century. From "The Strand Magazine, an illustrated monthly", Volume XL - July to December 1910. [George Newnes Ltd, London, 1910]
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The "Forty-Four" restaurant card, c1955. Creator: Shirley Markham
The "Forty-Four" restaurant card, c1955. Card advertising a restaurant in Harcourt Street, Dublin, Ireland, illustrated with chefs. 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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Painting by Li K'e-jan: 'Spring Rain in the Southern Landscape' (hanging scroll)
Painting by Li K'e-jan: 'Spring Rain in the Southern Landscape' (hanging scroll). Country of Origin: China. Date/Period: c. 1954. Material Size: ink and paint on paper, 47x50 cms. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ National Gallery, Prague . Location: 13.
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