Elizabeth Taylor, English-American actress, c1950s(?).Artist: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Elizabeth Taylor, English-American actress, c1950s(?). Elizabeth Taylor made her screen debut as a child in Lassie Come Home in 1943. In the 1960s she became a Hollywood superstar, winning Best Actress Oscars for BUtterfield 8 (1960) and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966). In 1963 she received what was then the highest fee for appearing in a film, when she signed up to play the title role in Cleopatra.
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Grotesque face, 1952. Creator: Shirley Markham
Grotesque face, 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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Rare earring or part of a diadem in the form of a gazelle, Persia, 2nd century BC - 2nd century AD
Rare earring or part of a diadem in the form of a gazelle, Persia, 2nd century BC - 2nd century AD. The piece is made from gold and precious stones and the eyes are inlaid with carnelian beads.The place of origin is not certain but it is believed to be from the Caspian or Parthian provinces. Country of Origin: Ancient Middle East. Date/Period: 2nd century BC-2nd century AD. From the Schimmel Collection, New York.
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