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New Bridge, Bath, 1788
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The Music Room, Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath, c1950. Creator: Shirley Markham Featured Image

The Music Room, Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath, c1950. Creator: Shirley Markham

The Music Room, Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath, c1950. Kenwood House in north London was remodelled by Robert Adam from 1764-1779. 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

© Shirley Markham Collection / Heritage-Images

Sion House, view'd from opposite Isleworth Church, c1760. Artist: Edward Rooker Featured Image

Sion House, view'd from opposite Isleworth Church, c1760. Artist: Edward Rooker

Sion House, view'd from oposite Isleworth Church, c1760. Formerly the site of an abbey, the estate at Syon was acquired after the dissolution of the monasteries by Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset and Lord Protector to Edward VI. The duke built the house in Italian Renaissance style between 1547 and 1552. After his execution, Syon passed to his rival John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, and the house has been the London residence of the Dukes of Northumberland ever since. In the 18th century Robert Adam was commissioned to remodel the interior of the house and Capability Brown to lay out the gardens. After Samuel Wale (c1721-1786)

© The Print Collector


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