The Churning of the Ocean of Milk, ca. 1780-90. Creator: Unknown
The Churning of the Ocean of Milk, ca. 1780-90. At the time of the great deluge aeons ago, many treasures— including amrita, the nectar of immortality—were lost beneath the primordial ocean. Gods and demons still jockeying for power decided to raise these powerful objects from the watery depths. They harnessed the serpent Vasuki as a rope to turn Mount Mandara and Vishnu assumed his tortoise avatar to support the giant pivot. The demons, tricked into pulling the head of the snake, were weakened by its poisonous breath. Here, many of the treasures have already been raised and are visible in the sky, while Vishnu is seen twice, below and atop the peak.
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'The Circus', mock-up for a book cover, c1950. Creator: Shirley Markham
'The Circus', mock-up for a book cover, c1950. Illustration for "The Circus" by E Dermot Wellington. 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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'Defeat and Death of Dhoondiah at Conaghull', 1800, (early-mid 19th century). Creator: J Rogers
'Defeat and Death of Dhoondiah at Conaghull', 1800, (early-mid 19th century). Indian military leader Dhondia Wagh (also known as Malik Jahan Khan) was defeated by a British force under the Duke of Wellington at the battle of Konagal or Conaghalli, (present-day Raichur district, Karnataka, India), on 10 September 1800. Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) rides a white horse, while on the gun carriage on the right is the body of Dhondia Wagh. [John Tallis & Company, London & New York]
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