'January', 1951. Creator: Shirley Markham
'January', 1951. Design for a calendar. 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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'Folies De Carnaval', late 18th-early 19th century. Creator: Unknown
'Folies De Carnaval', late 18th-early 19th century. Riotous carnival scene with Parisian caricatures: 'Ah! c'Cadet la. Quel pif qu'il a. Ah! c'Cadet la quel pif.' ('What a conk!). A large-nosed man wears a barrel with a tap dispensing liquid. He carries a masked figure who is defecating into a type of wheelbarrow pushed by a man in the costume of Il Dottore from the Commedia dell'Arte. [Martinet, Paris]
Ladies at Home, 1890's. Creator: Japanese Photographer (19th Century)
Ladies at Home, 1890's (hand coloured photo). A group of three young women, all dressed in the traditional costume of geishas, are seen arranged on a porch; one holds a delicate parasol; a traditional japanese tea set can be seen to their left.
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