Ambush in an alley, c1950. Creator: Shirley Markham
Ambush in an alley, c1950. 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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'Tobruk was the target at this time; it was the front door for Rommel's supplies
'Tobruk was the target at this time; it was the front door for Rommel's supplies. While the shutter was open for this photograph, taken 10,000 feet above an El Gubi landing ground, lights streaked across the moving film from (1) two small fires just off the area photographed, (2) incendiaries beginning to burn, (3) a parachute flare dropped to illuminate the target. The instantaneous photoflash revealed (4) a stick ofd four bomb-bursts among (5) dispersed stores and equipment, and (6) smoke plumes rising from the two fires', c1942-1943, (1945). From "R.A.F. Middle East - The Official Story of Air Operations, Feb. 1942 - Jan. 1943". [His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1945]
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Page 47 of 'Cançoner Gil', songbook of the mid-14th century that brings together
Page 47 of 'Canconer Gil', songbook of the mid-14th century that brings together poems of classic troubadours of the 12th and early 13th centuries. 'Bona dona un consell vos deman…' (Good woman, I ask you for an advice..). Poetry by Raimbaut d'Aurenga (1147 - 1173), Provencal troubadour.