'The Home Squadron', 1903, (c1930). Creator: John Robertson Reid
'The Home Squadron', 1903, (c1930). A woman and her children sit among lobster pots overlooking the harbour in a Cornish fishing village, waiting for her fisherman husband to return. The small boy plays with boats in a water-filled tub, hinting that he too will one day go to sea. Painting in the Dundee Art Galleries and Museums Collection, Dundee, Scotland. From "Modern Masterpieces of British Art". [The Amalgamated Press Ltd., London, c1930]
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Kiosk selling toys, Paris, France, c1951. Creator: Shirley Markham
Kiosk selling toys, Paris, France, c1951. 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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'Word from the missing', 1877. Artist
'Word from the missing', 1877. A woman collecting driftwood accompanied by two children. A model ship lies abandoned by the boy's feet, and the childrens' attention has turned to a message in a bottle that they have found on the shoreline.
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