'She stood and swung the lantern slowly from side to side', 1914. Creator: William Barnes Wollen
'She stood and swung the lantern slowly from side to side', 1914. From "Princess Mary's Gift Book", a collection of children's stories by the leading authors of the day, with illustrations from well-known artists. Profits from the book, published on behalf of Princess Mary, the Princess Royal, went to The Queen's Work for Women Fund, intended to initiate and subsidise projects for employing women during World War One. Princess Mary was involved in charitable works and nursing during the war. [Hodder and Stoughton Ltd, London, 1914]
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Inside Jamaica Inn, 1952. Creator: Shirley Markham
Inside Jamaica Inn, 1952. Woman cleaning glasses, drunk men. Illustration for "Jamaica Inn" by Daphne du Maurier. 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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Filling a mass grave at night during the Plague of London, c1665. Artist: Anon
Filling a mass grave at night during the Plague of London, c 1665. Showing a group of men with torches in a churchyard, preparing to empty the contents of a covered cart into an open grave. The Plague, also known as the Black Death, was a disease caused by Yersinia Pestis, an infection carried by fleas living as parasites on rats. The Plague hit London in late 1664, having ravaged Holland the previous year, and killed around 100, 000 people in and around the city. The dead were collected at night and thrown into common burial graves. (Colorised black and white print).
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