Raby Castle, County Durham, home of the Duke of Cleveland, c1880. Artist: Unknown
Raby Castle, County Durham, home of the Duke of Cleveland, c1880. A print from A Series of Picturesque Views of Seats of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, edited by Reverend FO Morris, Volume II, William Mackenzie, London, c1880. Wood-engraved plates after paintings by Benjamin Fawcett and Alexander Francis Lydon.
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Winter study, c1950. Creator: Shirley Markham
Winter study, c1950. 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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'Mirror Lake, Yosemite Valley', 1872. Creator: Samuel Valentine Hunt
'Mirror Lake, Yosemite Valley', 1872. Mount Watkins reflected in a glacial lake in Yosemite National Park, California, USA. In the foreground a swimming deer is being shot at by hunters in a canoe. Steel engraving by S.V. Hunt after Harry Fenn. From "Picturesque America; or, The Land We Live In, A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes...with Illustrations on Steel and Wood by Eminent American Artists" Vol. I, edited by William Cullen Bryant. [D. Appleton and Company, New York, 1872]
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