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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'Instructing her dolly in the art of going off nicely to by-byes', 1914. Creator
'Instructing her dolly in the art of going off nicely to by-byes', 1914. Sleepy child with a doll. From "Princess Mary's Gift Book", a collection of children's stories by the leading authors of the day, with illustrations from well-known artists. Profits from the book, published on behalf of Princess Mary, the Princess Royal, went to The Queen's Work for Women Fund, intended to initiate and subsidise projects for employing women during World War One. Princess Mary was involved in charitable works and nursing during the war. [Hodder and Stoughton Ltd, London, 1914]
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Wooden Fante doll, coastal Ghana. Artist: Werner Forman
Wooden Fante doll, coastal Ghana. These dolls, known as Akua'ba, were carried by girls and young women both to promote their fertility and as symbols of the beauty hoped for in their children. Fante versions are distinguished by the more schematic rectangular head. From the Schindler Collection, Dallas Museum of Art.
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