Man standing over cowering woman, 1952. Creator: Shirley Markham
Man standing over cowering woman, 1952. 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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'King John threatening to cut off the Noses of the Bishops', c1860, (c1860). Artist: John Leech
'King John threatening to cut off the Noses of the Bishops', c1860, (c1860). On 3rd July 1205, John became involved in a dispute with Pope Innocent III that led to the king's excommunication. Under mounting political pressure, John negotiated terms for a reconciliation with the papal legate Pandulf Verraccio in May 1213 at the Templar Church at Dover. The Kingdom of England was given to the papacy for a feudal service of 1, 000 marks annually. From The Comic History of England, Volume I, by Gilbert A A'Beckett. [Bradbury, Agnew, & Co., London]
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'Bravo, Belgium', 1914, (1920). Artist: FH Townsend
'Bravo, Belgium', 1914, (1920). A small boy in clogs representing Belgium stands up against a bullying Germany holding a club and sausages. Cartoon that originally appeared in Punch, August 1914. Illustration from The Illustrated War Record of the Most Notable Episodes in the Great European War 1914-1918, seventh edition, (The Swarthmore Press Ltd, London, c1920).
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