White Lilies (exh. 1937)
About this artwork
Between 1933 and 1938 Royds made a series of flower prints. ‘White Lilies’ is an example of her bold woodcut technique combined with a vibrant colour scheme. Although Royds had travelled extensively and lived in both Canada and India, she always enjoyed depicting the simple, yet beautiful, things around her. This included her daughter growing up and flowers in both full-bloom and in their dying days.
- title: White Lilies
- accession number: GMA 514
- artist: Mabel RoydsEnglish (1874 - 1941)
- gallery: Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art One(Print Room)
- object type: Work on paper
- subject: Flowers
- materials: Colour woodcut on paper
- date created: exh. 1937
- measurements: 21.20 x 24.00 cm (paper 23.90 x 28.60 cm)
- credit line: Bequeathed by Mr Kenneth Sanderson 1943
- photographer: Antonia Reeve
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.