Picnic, c1950. Creator: Shirley Markham
Picnic, 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.
© Shirley Markham Collection / Heritage-Images
'Princess Alexandra...attending one of her dinners for poor children...', c1897, (1901)
'Princess Alexandra in the East End: Her Royal Highness attending one of her dinners for poor children at the People's Palace', c1897, (1901). Princess Alexandra of Denmark (1844-1925, future Queen Alexandra) and her husband Prince Albert Edward (1841-1910), the future King Edward VII, at the People's Palace in Mile End, east London. Alexandra devoted much of her time to charitable work - here food is provided for children of poor families. From "The Illustrated London News Record of the Glorious Reign of Queen Victoria 1837-1901: The Life and Accession of King Edward VII. and the Life of Queen Alexandra". [London, 1901]
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'The Passover of the Portuguese Jews', c1730s. Creator: Unknown
'The Passover of the Portuguese Jews', c1730s. Family eating the Passover Seder (meal). A list of the dishes: 1) shoulder of lamb with hard-boiled egg; 2) bitter herbs; 3) figs, apples, almonds, cinnamon, etc chopped and cooked together, representing the material they used to make bricks in Egypt; 4) sauce for bitter herbs; 5) half "gateau des Levites" (cake or bread of the Levites) which the father distributes to all, including servants; 6) serviette under which gateau is hidden; 7) basket of Matzot, or "pain de Paques" (Easter bread). Matzot is unleavened bread traditionally eaten at the Seder meal. The figure in the centre is reaching into a tub of water which is possible keeping some items cool.