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Honeysuckle about 1936
Between 1933 and 1938 Royds made a series of flower prints. ‘Honeysuckle’ is an example of her bold woodcut technique combined with a vibrant colour scheme. The dark background contrasts against the vivid colours of the foliage and petals to create an almost abstract design. Although Royds had travelled extensively and lived in both Canada and India, she always enjoyed depicting the simple things that she encountered in everyday life.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.


A print made from an image carved into a block of wood cut along the grain. Blank areas are cut away leaving an image in relief from which a print is made.

Abstract art, Woodcut


  • Acc. No. GMA 535
  • Medium Colour woodcut on paper
  • Size 20.20 x 16.60 cm (paper 23.50 x 19.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1949