'Church Square, Pretoria', 1902. Creator: Donald McCracken
'Church Square, Pretoria', 1902. Historic centre of the city of Pretoria, South Africa in 1954 had a statue of the Boer leader and president of the South African Republic, Paul Kruger, at its centre. From "South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. VII", by Louis Creswicke. [The Caxton Publishing Co., London, 1902]
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Oxen and cart, 12th century, (c1950). Creator: Shirley Markham
Oxen and cart, 12th century, (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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'The Arrival at Lake Ngami', 1883. Artist: Unknown
'The Arrival at Lake Ngami', 1883. Lake Ngami is a lake in Botswana north of the Kalahari Desert. It is seasonally filled by the Okavango River, via the Okavango Delta. English missionary and explorer David Livingstone (1813-1873) first saw the lake in 1849, describing it as a shimmering lake, some 80 miles long.... A print from The Life and explorations of David Livingstone, LL.D. compiled from reliable sources, Adam and Co, 14 Ivy Lane, London and Newcastle, 1883.
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