Jesters, c1955. Creator: Shirley Markham
Jesters, c1955. Jesters and fools through the ages. Page from "Marvelman" comic. 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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Arriving at the Theatre on a Night of a Masked Ball. Artist: Lucas Villaamil, Eugenio (1858-1919)
Arriving at the Theatre on a Night of a Masked Ball. Found in the collection of Museo Carmen Thyssen, Malaga.
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'Retrato del bufon Don Juan De Austria', (The Jester Don John of Austria), 1632, (c1934). Artist: Diego Velasquez
'Retrato del bufon Don Juan De Austria', (The Jester Don John of Austria), 1632, (c1934). A jester or bufon at the court of Philip IV of Spain from 1624 to 1654 who appeared in court comedies in front of important court figures, shown dressed in a general's cloak and black doublet, surrounded by abandoned helmets, armour and weapons, and with a fragment of a battle-scene of Lepanto in the background.Oil on canvas. Held in the Museo del Prado, Madrid. From Galerias De Europa: Museo Del Prado, by A. De Beruete y Moret & Augusto L. Mayer. [Editorial Labor, S.A., Barcelona, c1934]
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