Study for 'Penny Wedding', 1817, (1946). Creator: David Wilkie
Study for 'Penny Wedding', 1817, (1946). The 'penny wedding', common in Scotland, was a marriage ceremony where each guest paid a penny towards the expenses (for the food and the musicians), and anything left over went towards the couple's new home. The fiddle-player Niel Gow (1727-1807) is recognisable here. Sketch in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. From "Life Among the Scots", by Janet Adam Smith. [Collins, London, 1946]
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Conductor and orchestra, Christmas card, 1952. Creator: Shirley Markham
Conductor and orchestra, Christmas card, 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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'The Violinist', 1886. Artist: George Adolphus Storey
'The Violinist', 1886; showing a seated woman wearing fine fabric pausing from playing the violin to turn over pages from her music book. Behind her is a section of decorative wall paper.
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