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Available as Framed Photos, Canvas Prints, Wall Art and Gift Items

Choose from 110 pictures in our Competition collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. Popular choices include Framed Photos, Canvas Prints, Posters and Jigsaw Puzzles. All professionally made for quick delivery.

The Mat de Cocagne, 1845. Creator: Unknown Featured Print

The Mat de Cocagne, 1845. Creator: Unknown

The Mat de Cocagne, 1845. Bastille Day celebrations in Paris. ...the struggle for prizes is carried on by means of a high pole fixed in the Champs Elysees, and the prizes, which generally consist of a watch and some articles of jewellery, are placed at the top of the pole. The pole is well soaped or greased, particularly near the top, so that it is a very difficult matter to attain the summit. Some of the cunning competitors fill their pockets with sand to neutralise the effects of the grease. Sometimes one man mounts on another's shoulders, and they thus render each other mutual assistance to gain the summit; but the moment a slip takes place, it is impossible to maintain a hold of the pole, and down comes the competitor amidst the jeers of the multitude'. It is only by dint of perseverance...that the greasy substance wears off, and the summit is gained'. From "Illustrated London News", 1845, Vol VII

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Thames Grand Regatta, 1844. Creator: Unknown Featured Print

Thames Grand Regatta, 1844. Creator: Unknown

Thames Grand Regatta, 1844. Racing on the River Thames at Putney in south-west London. Saturday, the third and last day's matches were attended by a very numerous assemblage of persons, amongst whom were many of rank and fashion: after the two or three first heats, the towing-path was almost impassable, and the river was so covered with pleasure- boats and other craft, that the police found much difficulty in keeping the course clear'. From "Illustrated London News", 1844, Vol I

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Show jumper falling off her horse, 1952. Creator: Shirley Markham Featured Print

Show jumper falling off her horse, 1952. Creator: Shirley Markham

Show jumper falling off her horse, 1952. 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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