Houses in Hampstead, c1950. Creator: Shirley Markham
Houses in Hampstead, c1950. Terraced houses in Hampstead, north London. 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 married man in the army', 1915. Artist: Unknown
'The married man in the army', 1915. : A street in Swansea containing 39 houses from 30 of which the husband was either called up for active service at the outbreak of the war or enlisted immediately afterwards. From The Manchester Guardian History of the War Vol. III - 1915.. [John Heywood Ltd, London, 1915]
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A street in Jerusalem, Israel, 1926. Artist: Unknown
A street in Jerusalem, Israel, 1926. From An Outline of Christianity, The Story of Our Civilisation, volume 1: The Birth of Christianity, edited by RG Parsons and AS Peake, published by the Waverley Book Club (London, 1926).
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