Naga Chillies are shown by an exhibitor at The Indigenous Mei-Ramew Food Festival in Mawphlang in India's northeastern state of Meghalaya. For producers, the Mei-Ramew festival provided an opportunity to introduce new consumers to the foods of the area - from rare varieties of fermented bamboo shoot to Jaha, a local rice variety known for its sweetness -- both listed as endangered by the Slow Food movement. AFP PHOTO/Biju BORO / AFP PHOTO / BIJU BORO
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Jesters, c1955. Creator: Shirley Markham
Jesters, c1955. Jesters and fools through the ages. Page from "Marvelman" comic. 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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Ice castle built for Empress Anna Ioannovna during the Month of January of the Year 1740
Ice castle built for Empress Anna Ioannovna during the Month of January of the Year 1740. Private Collection.
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