Surreal study, 1952. Creator: Shirley Markham
Surreal study, 1952. Illustration for a poem by TS Eliot. 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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Manuscript Leaf with the Agony in the Garden and Betrayal of Christ, from a Royal Psalter, ca
Manuscript Leaf with the Agony in the Garden and Betrayal of Christ, from a Royal Psalter, ca. 1270. Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane, in Jerusalem, while the apostles sleep nearby. Judas Iscariot betrays him and Peter, in anger, cuts off the ear of Malchus.
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'The Morning of Sedgemoor, 1685', 1905, (1944). Creator: Edgar Bundy
'The Morning of Sedgemoor, 1685', 1905, (1944). Soldiers sleeping in piles of hay in a barn. The Battle of Sedgmoor took place on 6 July 1685 at Westonzoyland near Bridgwater in Somerset. It was the final battle of the Monmouth Rebellion and followed a series of skirmishes around south-west England between the forces of James Scott, 1st James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, and troops loyal to James II. Victory went to the royalists and about 500 prisoners fell into their hands. Monmouth escaped from the battlefield but was later captured and taken to London for trial and execution. Painting made in 1905, in the Tate Gallery, London. From "Battlefields in Britain', by C. V. Wedgwood. [Collins, London, 1944]
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