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Receiving-House of the Royal Humane Society, 1844. Creator: Unknown Featured Image

Receiving-House of the Royal Humane Society, 1844. Creator: Unknown

Receiving-House of the Royal Humane Society, 1844. Boathouse and boatman of the Royal Humane Society, for the recovery of persons apparently drowned or dead, on the north bank of the Serpentine at Hyde Park in London.....the crowded state of the river Thames, the wonderful increase of traffic by steam, and the numerous accidents - too many of which have been fatal - we shall find ample room for the employment of more men and boats by the Humane Sotiety...Indeed, it is stated that not less than 200, 000 persons on an average annually bathe in the river and the neighbourhood of the receiving-house; and on one occasion, during a frost, twenty-five individuals were submerged by the breaking of the ice; but, by the exertions of men (who are required to be good swimmers) employed by the Society at such seasons, and the proximity of the receiving-house, no life was lost'. From "Illustrated London News", 1844, Vol V

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Millaiss Studio, 1890
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Millaiss Studio, 1890
Kensington Palace, c1902
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Kensington Palace, c1902
The Orangery, Kensington Palace, c1950. Creator: Shirley Markham Featured Image

The Orangery, Kensington Palace, c1950. Creator: Shirley Markham

The Orangery, Kensington Palace, c1950. The baroque Orangery, next to Kensington Palace in London, was built in 1704-1705, probably by Nicholas Hawksmoor. It had under-floor heating and was used as a conservatory for delicate plants. 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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Kensington Palace and Queen Victorias Statue, London, 20th Century Featured Image

Kensington Palace and Queen Victorias Statue, London, 20th Century

Kensington Palace and Queen Victoria's Statue, London, 20th Century. Originally built in the 17th century as the residence of the Earl of Nottingham, Kensington Palace was acquired by King William III in 1689. The King desired a residence close to London but away from its smoky air which aggravated his asthma. At the time Kensington was a village outside the capital and fitted the bill perfectly. The palace was improved and extended by Sir Christopher Wren and a carriage road was built connecting it with Hyde Park Corner. Today Kensington Palace is the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Postcard from The Souvenir Album, Views of London And The River Thames, From London To Oxford, (London, 20th Century)

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