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Mabel A. Royds, (English, 1874-1941)

Temple (Lion Gate)

Color woodblock print. Signed in pencil at lower right, M. A. Royds, and numbered on bottom right corner, 33. Self-carved and self-printed by the artist, ca. 1920's.

34.2 by 26.1 cm

Holme, Geoffrey, ed., Modern Woodcuts and Lithographs by British and French Artists, 1919, p. 32
Garton & Cooke, London, Catalogue Twenty-Eight, 1984, MB (Marjorie Barton, daughter of the artist) no. 48

Mabel Alington Royds was born in 1874 in Bedfordshire, England. She attended high school in Liverpool, and was accepted at the Royal Academy in London, but hid the news from her parents because she did not want to attend the traditional school. Rather, Mabel enrolled at the Slade Art School in London, and studied under Henry Tonks (1862-1937), one of the first progressive English artists to be influenced by French Impressionist painters. By the turn of the century she was in Paris working in the studio of Walter Sickert (1860-1942), an eccentric Impressionist painter from England (who was fascinated with the 1888 'Jack the Ripper' murders in his lifetime, and recently has been the subject of controversial theories that he was either an accomplice or the actual murderer himself).

After her apprenticeship in Paris, Mabel took a teaching position at the Havergal College in Toronto, Canada, followed by a position at the Edinburgh College of Art, where she met E.S. Lumsden, an etcher and portrait painter whom she married in 1913. They spent their honeymoon in Paris, Florence and Rome, and then on to Port Said and Bombay. In 1914, Lumsden joined the Indian Army (he was rejected by the British Army for medical reasons), where they stayed for some time. In 1916 the couple journeyed through the Himalayas, partially paying for their accommodations by painting portraits along the way. The trek through India and Tibet provided Royds and Lumsden with a wealth of source material for future prints and paintings.


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