Surreal study, 1952. Creator: Shirley Markham
Surreal study, 1952. Illustration for a poem by TS Eliot. 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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Pair of rings from the tomb of General Wen-Djeba-En-Djed, senior official of Psusennes I
Pair of rings from the tomb of General Wen-Djeba-En-Djed, senior official of Psusennes I. The stones are inscribed with the wedjat eye, the wounded and restored eye of Horus, to benefit the wearer in the afterlife. The re-used lapis lazuli ring was made for the XXth dynasty king Ramesses IX. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: 21st Dynasty, 1039 - 991 BC. Place of Origin: Tanis, dia = 2.7 cm. Material Size: Gold, green stone, lapis lazuli. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Egyptian Museum, Cairo . Location: 42A.
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'Gun Powder Treason', c1605 (1903). Artist: Unknown
'Gun Powder Treason', c1605 (1903). Dutch engraving depicting the Eye of Heaven condemning Guy Fawkes (1570-1606), the conspirator who was involved in the Gunpowder Plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in protest against anti-Catholic laws on 5 November 1605. From London in the Time of the Stuarts, by Sir Walter Besant. [Adam & Charles Black, London, 1903]
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