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Laurence Housman

Person  Male  Born 18/7/1865  Died 20/2/1959

Categories: Art, Gender Issues, Theatre

Radical playwright, writer, illustrator, socialist, pacifist and founding member of the Men’s League for Women’s Suffrage. The photo shows Housman in 1914.

Brother to A. E. Housman. Studied art and created a number of black and white book illustrations in a style reminiscent of Burne-Jones and Aubrey Beardsley. As his eye-sight failed he turned to writing. He and his sister, Clemence, founded the Suffrage Atelier in February 1909. This was at 1 Pembroke Square and produced materials to be used in the suffrage campaign such as banners and posters. We wish there was more information but PastScape gives "A studio in the garden of No.1 Pembroke Square in Kensington, London, was used for meetings and as the workshop of the Suffrage Atelier between 1910 and 1912. Further evidence is required to determine when it was built and how long it was in use for."

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Fawcett frieze - 25, Housman

Laurence Housman, 1865 - 1959

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