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Desperate Desmond, cartoon strip, c1955. Creator: Shirley Markham
Desperate Desmond, cartoon strip, c1955. Creator: Shirley Markham
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The Route To California, Truckee River, Sierra-Nevada, pub. 1871, Currier & Ives
The Route To California, Truckee River, Sierra-Nevada, pub. 1871, Currier & Ives
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The first regular trans-continental train at Fernie, British Columbia, Canada, 1886 (1951)
The first regular trans-continental train at Fernie, British Columbia, Canada, 1886 (1951)
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Countess of Dufferin, Canada, c1920s
Countess of Dufferin, Canada, c1920s
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American inventor Thomas Alva Edison on board an electric railroad, 1892
American inventor Thomas Alva Edison on board an electric railroad, 1892
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The Express Train, USA, 1870. Artist: Currier and Ives
The Express Train, USA, 1870. Artist: Currier and Ives
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Prairie Fires of the Great West, USA, 1871. Artist: Currier and Ives
Prairie Fires of the Great West, USA, 1871. Artist: Currier and Ives
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Central Pacific Railraod in the Sierra Nevada mountains, c1875
Central Pacific Railraod in the Sierra Nevada mountains, c1875
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Desperate Desmond, cartoon strip, c1955. Creator: Shirley Markham Featured Print

Desperate Desmond, cartoon strip, c1955. Creator: Shirley Markham

Desperate Desmond, cartoon strip, c1955. The dastardly Desmond plots a dreadful end for the heroine, but she is saved by Handsome Harry. 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. From "Kid Dynamite" western comic

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