This early print by Royds shows her ability to capture a scene in such a simple yet distinct manner. The strong black lines of the woodcut work well in describing the profiles of the young boys singing in the foreground.
An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.
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.
Acc. No.GMA 517 A
MediumColour woodcut on paper
Size7.20 x 8.90 cm (paper 8.40 x 10.00 cm)
Mabel Royds (English, 1874 - 1941)
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.