'Hereford Cathedral', 1951. Creator: Shirley Markham
'Hereford Cathedral', 1951. Hereford Cathedral, built 1079-1095 with very thick stone walls in the Norman or English Romanesque style. The cathedrals were built by incoming Benedictine and Cistercian monks. Semi-circular arch, zig-zag, rope and foliage decorations.' 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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Hampton Court, Herefordshire, home of the Arkwright family, c1880. Artist: Unknown
Hampton Court, Herefordshire, home of the Arkwright family, c1880. Hampton Court was acquired early in the 19th century by James Arkwright, son of the inventor and industrialist Richard Arkwright. A print from A Series of Picturesque Views of Seats of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, edited by Reverend FO Morris, Volume II, William Mackenzie, London, c1880. Wood-engraved plates after paintings by Benjamin Fawcett and Alexander Francis Lydon.
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St. Hilda of Whitby holding an ammonite, West window, Hereford Cathedral, 20th century. Artist: CM Dixon
St. Hilda of Whitby holding an ammonite, West window, Hereford Cathedral, 20th century. Medieval stained glass window in Hereford Cathedral depicts Hilda of Whitby or Hild of Whitby (c. 614?680) is a Christian saint and the founding abbess of the monastery at Whitby. An important figure in the conversion of Anglo-Saxon England to Christianity, she was abbess at several monasteries and recognised for the wisdom that drew kings to her for advice.
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