'Professor Faraday lecturing at the Royal Institute...1856', (1901). Creator: Unknown
'Professor Faraday lecturing at the Royal Institute before the Prince Consort and the Prince of Wales, 1856', (1901). Michael Faraday (1791-1867) giving a lecture attended by Prince Albert and his son, Prince Albert Edward (future King Edward VII). Faraday was one of the greatest scientists of the 19th century. His most significant contribution was "Experimental Researches on Electricity" which was published over 40 years, where he described his discoveries, including the laws of electromagnetic induction (1831) and the laws of electrolysis (1833). He also discovered the principles of the electric motor and dynamo. Faraday founded the famous Friday evening discourse and children's Christmas lectures at the Royal Institution in London, both of which are still given today. From "The Illustrated London News Record of the Glorious Reign of Queen Victoria 1837-1901: The Life and Accession of King Edward VII. and the Life of Queen Alexandra". [London, 1901]
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The Albert Memorial, Kensington Gardens, London, c1950. Creator: Shirley Markham
The Albert Memorial, Kensington Gardens, London, c1950. Memorial commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her husband Prince Albert, who died in 1861. 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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'A View of the Great Industrial Exhibition in Hyde Park', 1859. Artist: JC Armytage
'A View of the Great Industrial Exhibition in Hyde Park', 1859. International exhibition organised by Henry Cole and Prince Albert, in London, 1 May to 11 October 1851. The first in a series of World's Fair exhibitions of culture and industry, which became popular in the 19th century. After Wray. From The History of England Div VII by David Hume & Tobias Smollett. [Virtue & Co., London, 1859].
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