'The Fighting Temeraire', 1839. Artist: JMW Turner
'The Fighting Temeraire', 1839. The 98-gun ship 'Temeraire' became known as the 'Fighting Temeraire' after its role in Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The ship remained in service until 1838 when she was decommissioned. The painting was thought to represent the decline of Britain's naval power. The 'Temeraire' is shown travelling east, away from the sunset, to evoke a sense of loss. Original work found in The National Gallery Collection. From World Famous Paintings edited by J Grieg Pirie [W.& G. Foyle Ltd., London, 1938.]
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Ambush in an alley, c1950. Creator: Shirley Markham
Ambush in an alley, 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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'Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?', c1830s. Creator: GH Adcock
'Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?', c1830s. Biblical scene, Acts 26: 14: 'And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.' The conversion of Paul on the road to road to Damascus: Saul of Tarsus, (whose Latin name was Paul), was travelling from Jerusalem to Damascus on a mission to arrest the disciples of Jesus and bring them back to Jerusalem, when the resurrected Jesus appeared to him in a great light. Paul was struck blind, but after three days his sight was restored, and he became a follower of Jesus. Engraving after 'Study for the Conversion of St Paul', 1799, by Edward Dayes.
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