Boy of the Crossfield Family (Possibly Richard Crossfield), ca. 1766-68. Creator: John Durand
Boy of the Crossfield Family (Possibly Richard Crossfield), ca. 1766-68.
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'"Robert Walpole, Earl of Orford." From the original of Jarvis, in the
'Robert Walpole, Earl of Orford', 1725, (early-mid 19th century). Portrait of Sir Robert Walpole, Earl of Orford, English statesman. Although the title was never used to refer to him at the time, Walpole (1676-1745) is regarded as Britain's first Prime Minister. His administration lasted from 1721 until he resigned in 1742, longer than that of any Prime Minister since. Engraving after a painting by Charles Jervas commissioned by Walpole in 1725 as a gift for his one of his supporters, it shows him as Chancellor of the Exchequer standing beside the embroidered silk purse of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Seal. 'From the original of Jarvis, in the collection of Thomas Walpole, Esquire'. [The London Printing and Publishing Company, London]
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Historical costume, 1951. Creator: Shirley Markham
Historical costume, 1951. Examples of clothing from the 15th and 18th centuries. 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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