Two sailors, 1952. Creator: Shirley Markham
Two sailors, 1952. Illustration for "The Sailor's Return" by David Garnett - Neptune in a seashell chariot pulled by sea horses. 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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Two women and a child playing with a parrot model the latest fashions, 1864 Artist: Anon
Two women and a child playing with a parrot model the latest fashions, 1864. The woman on the left is wearing a plain grey dress trimmed with red around the edge of the full skirt, skirt panels and the sleeves of the fitted matching jacket. The woman on the right is wearing a similiar shaped dress with a full skirt and tight bodice, but with a tartan style design featuring on the skirt and bodice. The girl in the background is wearing a miniature version of the adult dress.
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Ceramic flute in the shape of a macaw or parrot, Aztec, Mexico, 1300-1521. Artist
Ceramic flute in the shape of a macaw or parrot, Aztec, Mexico, 1300-1521. Known as an ocarina, thiis type of instrument is played by blowing through an aperture at the end of the bird's tail. Music, song and dance played an indispensable role in Aztec celebrations and festivals. From the British Museum, London.
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