'The Queen in her Bridal Dress', 1840. Creator: William Henry Mote
'The Queen in her Bridal Dress', 1840. Portrait of Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland (1819-1901) wearing her lace-trimmed wedding dress and veil. She chose handmade Honiton lace in order to stimulate and support the English lace industry which had been in decline due to the advent of machine lace, causing widespread poverty and unemployment among skilled artisans. Victoria married Prince Albert in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace, Westminster, London, on 10 February 1840. [John Tallis & Company, London & New York]
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A Rahjah with attendants, pub. 1808-12. Creator: Franz Balthazar Solvyns (1760-1824)
A Rahjah with attendants, from 'Les Hindous ou la Description de leurs Moeurs Coutumes at Ceremonies', pub. 1808-12 (coloured etching). A Collection of Two Hundred and Fifty Coloured Etchings: Descriptive of the Manners, Customs and Dresses of the Hindoos; Volume I is devoted to religious castes and cermonies; Volume II to occupations and musical instruments; Volume III to sailing craft; and Volume IV to indigenous flora and fauna.
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Floral design, c1950. Creator: Shirley Markham
Floral design, c1950. Late 16th century cushion cover; linen canvas embroidered with coloured silks and wools. Detail of textile, possibly from an item in the Victoria & Albert Museum in 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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