Mabel Royds color woodcut 'A Fairy Tale'

Mabel Arlington ROYDS
c. 1930

Mabel Royds (1874-1941) ‘A Fairy Tale,’ a color woodcut on laid paper, signed ‘M.A. Royds’ in pencil under the image, which measures 8 ¾ x 6 ¾ inches. Quite different from the flamboyant flowers and exotic Indian scenes for which Royds is know.

Mabel Royds grew up in Liverpool. At age fifteen, Royds was awarded a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy in London but instead decided on the Slade School, where she studied under Henry Tonks, after which she moved to Paris as an apprentice to Walter Sickert. She taught for several years at the Havergal College in Toronto, Canada. In 1911, Royds settled in Edinburgh where she taught at the Edinburgh College of Art, then directed by Frank Morley Fletcher, under whose influence she took up making colour woodcuts. In 1913 she married the etcher Ernest Lumsden, who also taught at Edinburgh, and together they travelled through Europe, the Middle East and India.


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