Assyrian decoration, (1898). Creator: Unknown
Assyrian decoration, (1898). Examples of ancient Assyrian painting, polychrome sculpture and pottery from what is now Iraq: 'Fig 1: Portion of a glazed brick from a palace at Khorsabad. Figs 2-4: Painted bas-reliefs from Koyunjik [Kuyunjik, Nineveh]. Fig 5: Painted ornament from Nimroud [Nimrud]. Fig 6: Glazed brick from Khorsabad. Figs 7-10: Painted ornaments from Nimroud. Figs 11-12: Sacred trees. Painted bas-reliefs from Nimroud. Fig 13: Painted ornament from Nimroud. Fig 14: Enamelled brick from Khorsabad...The excavations on the banks of the Tigris at Khorsabad, Nimroud and Koyunjik brought to light a great number of architectural remains, paintings and sculptures of Assyrian origin, which give us an idea of the magnificence and the exuberant luxury of the buildings of this nation. Assyrian ornament certainly betrays Egyptian influence, but there is no denying its originality...The winged male figure in the midst of our plate symbolizes the soul'. Plate 3 from "The Historic Styles of Ornament" translated from the German of H. Dolmetsch. [B.T. Batford, London, 1898]
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Persian lustred wall-tile: a mounted Sassanian archer, 19th century. Creator: Henry Wallis
Persian lustred wall-tile: a mounted Sassanian archer; Pl 26. from the Godman Collection: Persian Ceramic Art in the Collection of Mr F Duane Godman FRS; 19th century (colour lithograph). Sassanid, Sasanid, Sasanian Empire (224 to 651 AD); last kingdom of the Persian Empire before the rise of Islam; leading world power along side its neighbouring rival the Roman-Byzantine Empire; a mounted Sassanian archer atop a camel with woman or child seated behind; possibly hunting rather than military scene due to surronding images of jungle and wildlife; amongst the ornate patterened foliage can be seen deer, sheep, a bird and a possible leopard.
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'Wedgewood vase, 1786', (1950). Pegasus Vase Creator: Shirley Markham
'Wedgewood vase, 1786', (1950). The Pegasus Vase, made of jasper ware with applied white reliefs, and Pegasus or winged-horse finial on the lid. Produced by the Wedgwood factory. This example in the British Museum in London. 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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