Stately home, birthday card, 1952. Creator: Shirley Markham
Stately home, birthday card, 1952. Design for a card with swans on an ornamental pond in front of a mansion. 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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Greetings from Augusta, Georgia: A Busy day in the Cotton Field, 1943. Artist: Unknown
Cultivation of cotton using slaves brought huge profits to the owners of large plantations, making them some of the wealthiest men in the U.S. prior to the Civil War. By the 1850s, slaves made up 50% of the population of the main cotton states: Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. From a postcard produced by Curt Teich & Co., 1943.
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'New-Year Card or Surimono', c1890. Artist: Unknown
'New-Year Card or Surimono', c1890. After Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). From The Studio Volume 57. [London Offices of the Studio, London, 1912-13]
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