Flames raining down, 1951. Creator: Shirley Markham
Flames raining down, 1951. Design for illustration to Dante's "Divine Comedy". 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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Integer Vitae... (from the series On Death II), 1898-1910
Integer Vitae... (from the series On Death II), 1898-1910. Private Collection.
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1898 1910, Allegory And Literature, Aquatint, Death, Death Symbols, Eternity, Fine Art Images, Futility, Germany, Graphic Arts, Klinger, Life And Death, Max 1857 1920, Memento Mori, Mythology, On Death, Private Collection, Symbolism, Transience, Vain, Vanitas, Vanity
Temple wall relief depicting the head of Osiris, god of the underworld
Temple wall relief depicting the head of Osiris, god of the underworld. The inscription reads "I have granted you...". Country of Origin: Egypt Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Period: New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty 1386 - 1349 BC Place of Origin: Abydos. Credit: Werner Forman Archive/ Musee Royaux d' Arts et d' Histoire, Brussels E.482. Location: 76
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