Mabel A. Royds (1874-1941)
The Snake Charmer

Colour woodblock print
Signed in pencil
c.1920s
13.5 x 18cm (approx.)

Born in Bedfordshire, Mabel Royds was a painter, printmaker and illustrator. She studied under Henry Tonks at the Slade, after which she travelled to Paris – where she worked in the studio of Walter Sickert – and to Canada, before starting to teach at the Edinburgh College of Art in 1911. In 1914 she married the printmaker Ernest Lumsden, and over the next few years the pair travelled extensively in India and Tibet, which provided a wealth of inspiration for woodcuts such as this one.
Royds’ technique was unusual in that she painted the colour onto the woodblock with a brush, giving each print a unique character.

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Condition: Good.