Mabel A.Lumsden Royds
Mabel Royds was born in 1874 and studied art at the Slade School in London. She was greatly influenced by her extensive world travels and her friendship with artist, Walter Sickert.
At the beginning of the nineteenth century, Royds went to Canada and taught at the Havergal College in Toronto. Upon returning to Britain, she taught at the Edinburgh College of Art. She married etcher, Ernest Lumsden in 1913 and the pair traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East and India.
Royd used her observations, particularly of peasant life in India, as subject matter for many of her woodcuts. Royd’s woodcuts were hand-inked on sixpenny breadboards, purchased from Woolworth’s. Her prints have a freshness that is in direct contrast with some of the more conservative British prints of the time. Royd’s earliest prints date from before 1910. She produced the prints of Indian subjects from 1920 to 1930 and the floral prints from 1933 to 1938.