About this artwork

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.

Mabel Royds

Mabel Royds

At the age of fifteen Royds won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy in London. However, she had her heart set on studying at the Slade School. After her time at the Slade, Royds moved to Paris and worked with the English painter, Walter Sickert, before travelling to Canada and teaching in Toronto. In 1911 she returned to the UK and began teaching at Edinburgh College of Art, working alongside S. J. Peploe. Royds is best known for her colourful woodcuts of flowers, along with Biblical and Indian scenes. Her technique was indebted to Japanese woodcuts.